For more than 17 years Steve Cohen has been a fixture of the New York magic scene, producing a weekly live show called Chamber Magic out of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (then moving the show to the Lotte New York Palace when the Waldorf underwent renovations last year). Last Friday, Cohen performed his 5000th show, and to commemorate the occasion, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio officially declared October 6 'Chamber Magic Day' in the city.
“As a global hub of creativity,” de Blasio’s decree proclaims, “New York offers a cultural landscape that is as diverse as our more than 8.5 million residents. Each night, performing artists of all disciplines thrill audiences across the five boroughs with their many talents — but only one entertainer shows up with a magical teapot.”
In addition to the mayoral proclamation, Cohen was also presented with a Presidential Citation by Dick Bowman, president of the Society of American Magicians.
The festivities were also accompanied by a custom cake decorated by Ron Ben-Israel…
...and to commemorate the event, guests to the 5000th show walked away with a stunning (and very exclusive) deck of playing cards.
While Chamber Magic Day isn’t an official holiday, maybe practicing magicians can bug their teachers or bosses to get the day off next year to celebrate. Either way, a big congratulations is in order for Steve Cohen—here’s to 5000 more.