P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre
P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
"One of America's Best Magic Shows!" Enjoy the mysteries of an ancient art as presented by Galena's master magician, P.T. Murphy. The setting is Murphy's private theatre located in the heart of historic downtown Galena, IL. Murphy is known for his personable style, mischievous sense of humor and sophisticated sleight of hand that has made P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre one of Galena's top attractions. Advanced purchase is suggested. Run Time: 65 minutes. No intermission. Not recommend for infants and toddlers. *Theatre rentals are available for your tour group, or private parties. Schedule is subject to change.
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  • Teree M
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mystery for this MysTeree
    The magical illusions were amazingly performed in a small, quiet, parlor-like setting. The tricks are appropriate for all ages and leave everybody wondering 'how it happened". The outdated building is easily overlooked by the quality of the show. PT made the visit personal by getting to know everyone's names.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Sweet J
    Neponset, Illinois4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ---PT MURPHY'S--- #1 REVIEW. *
    Great show. Booked 01/23. Didn't go due to weather. He let me use the tix later. Brought wife/kids 07/23 and a severe storm started 1hr before showtime. Called 30mins before and he actually called back. Show was on. Ran over in the rain and had a good time. He had a Ricky Jay 52 Assistants poster hanging up in the lobby (closet). Almost no other posters. PT's show is really low stress. Loose and fun. I don't even think he's doing a show at this point. I think he just hangs out with 24 people for 65mins maybe 10x per wk. Then 3 lemons appear. Well worth the ticket price.
    Thank you!
    Written July 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Wendy P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time…..
    My husband Ron and I went tonight (Aug. 5th) and it was so cool. Ron even assisted in a part and we were really amazed. We also enjoyed reminiscing about where we grew up (Arlington Heights for me). Go see this, it was a good time. Wendy…
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Marlena
    Chicago, Illinois3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Girls trip to Galena
    This is the second time I have been to this show and absolutely loved it. I visited with my two other friends and we had a really good time. The show was funny and entertaining. If ever in Galena again I will definitely be attending. Thank you for the great time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 12, 2023
  • clintons34
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not just entertained by engaged
    I attended PT Murphy's magic show this past Saturday, 8/28/2023. I found Mr Murphy to be highly personable, professional, engaging, and excellent at encouraging participation. I thought the highlight for me was Mr. Murphy's ability to transform a frightened 5-year-old into an excited participant. That effort took a great bit of tact, professionalism, and care that a young person would experience the fun of the event despite her initial fears. The program is great for families, as well as for adults. We will return the next time I have a family member visiting us.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • chicagodob
    Elk Grove Village, Illinois5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best entertainment value in Galena
    My friend and I had an absolutely wonderful time at this magic show. Many, many laughs and great illusions. I highly recommend fitting this into your Galena trip. A very fun way to spend an evening.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Melissa C
    Saint Louis, Missouri19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical night
    My friend group had a wonderful time! P.T. Murphy was friendly and engaging and really knew how to entertain the crowd! So many of us, myself included, were directly involved in the show as well. Really fun!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Sharon L
    Denver, Colorado2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience...must see
    This was sooo fun!!! We had a great time and will attend again when we go back to Galena. The price seemed like it should be more....or at least I would pay more. So interactive with audience. Love every thing about it! Great job. Thanks for a wonderful time
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
  • the_ken_marshall
    Rockford, Illinois119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    He makes fun appear!
    P.T. Is a great entertainer. He is at ease in front of the audience doing close up magic. If you’re looking for a good time and want to see someone really good at their craft, then you need to attend P.T. Murphy’s show. But be sure to book early. It’s a very popular attraction and sells out quickly. Thanks for entertaining me and my family P.T.!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Donna B
    43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Way to Spend an Hour!
    We really enjoyed our experience at the Magic Theatre. The place is a bit small and "intimate" which was a little uncomfortable because there was record heat outside that day. But the show was very fun and entertaining and we had a great time. There was a 4-year old in the audience which could have made a difference in the show itself as he had to make sure that it was kid-friendly but all in all we were very happy. I've been to Galena several times and had never heard of this place but I'm really glad that we ended up going. We laughed and were impressed with the magic so all in all a great time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
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Amit S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This is the best show I've seen, PT Murphy made the show personalized in a small settings, he remembered everyone's name and made sure each and every member was part of the show.
Icing on cake was his comedy along with the magic show. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is coming to Galena, IL. His attention to safety in the time of COVID-19 made my family feel very safe
Written September 26, 2021
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JoeDiamondLive
Crystal Lake, IL47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is easily one of the best shows in America. We’ve seen ‘em all in every tourist town we go to, and PT’s wit, charm, & skill stands head and shoulders above the shows with smoke & mirrors.

We’ve seen it 4 times now & every time it’s sold out, and PT always perfectly remembers the names of everyone in the audience. Every show is different with various audience interactions.
Written October 17, 2021
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Adrian D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
What a great show! The moment you step in you meet the masterful magician. With such a small group of guests you get an unforgettable experience. The magic happens right in front of you and many times you are part of the show. The interaction is seamless and very entertaining. P. T. Murphy creates a magical and personalized show every time and the only regret is that it lasts only one hour! I highly recommend you to put this show at the top of your list when visiting Galena, IL.
Written August 5, 2021
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Peggy N
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
What a cool and fun show! P T Murphy is friendly, funny, seems to be able to read the audience members really well.

The magic tricks are entertaining. I was called up to help with one of the card tricks, and others in the audience participated in various parts of the show The intimate atmosphere makes it feel like you're with a bunch of friends. In fact, the next morning we ran into three of the audience members at our hotel and had fun talking about the show.

It's different from anything we've done before, and we would recommend seeing the show.
Written March 13, 2022
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Written June 8, 2022
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Sharon H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The show was just fantastic. He has a lot of talent combined with humor. It is a small theatre and very comfortable. He had some of the audience come on stage to be part of the magic show. I was one of those people. The experience was great. We we were looking forward to going this year but because of the Pandemic it was cancelled. He is doing a on line magic show Jan. 1 and 2nd.,2020. We have signed up for it, We are looking forward to it, especially my grandchildren. Our family had the best time ever at his live show. Looking forward to hopefully attending next Dec.,2021 We attended Dec, of 2019. The travel time box was only for this year, so I had to mark something to submit.
Written December 27, 2020
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Claire R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
P.T. Murphy is part magician, part comedian. The show is a joy and not just because you get the impressive tricks you've paid for. He invests in his audience in a way few performers do effectively, involving us in his magic and teaching us tricks along the way.

My family (partner and two boys - 9 and 12) logged into a virtual magic show, unsure what to expect, but were delighted that P.T. can maintain his charisma and high energy show even on the Zoom platform. Couldn't recommend more!
Written January 25, 2021
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Bob F
Stillwater, MN41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
PT has been a very successful magician in Galena for 10 years. I have been to several of his shows. He does, from time to time, change the tricks, but the amazing showmanship he exudes never changes. He has the "gift of gab" in a very funny and positive way. The tricks are amazing. Don't try to figure them out since that is a "fool's errand". When we attended a few days ago he had a crying child in the audience. That would be challenging for most entertainers, but not for P.T. He managed to calm the baby with the entire audience singing to the child and interacting with the child in a very humorous way, He was never rattled by the crying and it all turned out well. You just gotta see this guy to believe it. When to visit Galena or are a local, I highly recommend this magic show. He is not just a magician, but is a total entertainer.
Written December 11, 2023
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Written March 1, 2024
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jack5400
Chicago, IL16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We have seen PT in person and were so pleased to see that he had started doing zoom shows during the pandemic. He still holds ticket sales to 24, so it's a very interactive show. He even has everyone "bring" their own props! We loved the show and were so pleased to see that he'll be continuing them during the winter months. We would highly recommend it!
Written January 8, 2021
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emeldrum
Bolingbrook, IL49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great entertainment. Not only is P.T. a great illusionist but he also keeps you entertained with his humor. Since the venue is very intimate you get an up close view of the tricks being performed. Even being so close I kept wondering, how did he do that? I will go back the next time I visit.
Written February 9, 2020
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Rick P
Frederick, MD6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Having had a great time attending a show while vacationing in Galena a couple of years ago, I was excited to get an email about the premier of virtual shows on 2020 New Year's Eve and thrilled to be able to get a ticket for the final show that evening. And the actual live-streamed performance itself exceeded my expectations. I don’t feel that any of the intimacy of attending a performance in person in the small venue along with only 23 other audience members was lost. I was entertained, amazed, and had great fun learning a bit of magic! And I enjoyed watching the online interaction with two youngsters (and their cat) during one of the illusions. I’m glad to see the virtual shows will be continuing in 2021 and certainly hope to catch a couple them.
Written January 12, 2021
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