As the entertainment capital of the world, there is no shortage of shows to choose from in Las Vegas. Among the options that exist, one of the most popular is magic shows. Magic Shows in Las Vegas run the gambit from humorous to mind-bending, many of which are kid and family-friendly.
As there’s no shortage of options, we wanted to help you decide which to choose by ranking them based on their rating on Vegas.com. With most shows receiving hundreds, if not thousands, of customer reviews, you don’t have to take one person’s word on it, rather, can trust the community.
For each magic show below, we’ll link to both the box office and to Vegas.com, a 3rd party seller that is frequently a few bucks cheaper. Price it out to get the best deal!
Best Magic Shows in Las Vegas
Paranormal Mind Reading: While a different brand of magic than the illusionists below, mentalist Frederic Da Silva is known for stunning audiences with his ability to read minds and hypnotize. The show is kid-friendly, takes place in the afternoon, and incorporates copious amounts of audience participation. Earning a whopping 4.9/5 stars on Vegas.com, Paranormal Mind Reading has earned the title of the best magic show in Vegas. Tickets can be purchased with the box office, or here with Vegas.com.
Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly: You may know him from “America’s Got Talent”, but Mat Franco now calls LINQ home in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Mat leverages audience participation to “reinvent” his 90-minute magic show every night, incorporating plenty of kid-friendly humor. The show ranks as the second-best magic production in Vegas as well, earning 4.8/5 stars on Vegas.com. Tickets are available via the box office and here, with Vegas.com which is often slightly cheaper.
Notably, there is also a deal being offered on Groupon for Mat Franco tickets. Price out all 3 to get the best deal!
Piff The Magic Dragon: A personal favorite of ours, we can’t get enough of Piff and his sarcastic sense of humor. Adding to the enjoyment factor, Piff incorporates his dog, a chihuahua named “Mr. Piffles” into the show. Playing at Flamingo, Piff is family-friendly and a great option for those who need a long healthy laugh. The masses agree, awarding Piff 4.7/5 stars on Vegas.com. Tickets can be purchased via the box office and with Vegas.com here.
A deal on Groupon also is available for Piff the Magic Dragon here, allowing you to score tickets for as little as $65.97.
Mac King Comedy Magic: Playing at Excalibur, Mac King’s show is both family-friendly and a heck of a lot of fun. Both kids and adults will get a kick out of the use of live animals and legitimately cool magic with plenty of humor mixed in. The majority of patrons agreed that Mac King is among the best magic shows on the Strip awarding it 4.7/5 stars. Tickets are available via the box office, and here, with Vegas.com.
Mike Hammer Comedy Magic: Among the best shows on Fremont Street, Mike Hammer plays at Four Queens at a reasonable price point of under $40. Mike expertly utilizes audience participation to keep his comedic magic show fresh, and hilarious. A perfect candidate for dinner and a show downtown, Comedy Magic has earned 4.7/5 stars on Vegas.com. Tickets can be purchased via the box office and here, with Vegas.com.
Additionally, you’ll want to check out this current Groupon deal, offering tickets to see Mike Hammer starting at $29.
Shin Lim – Limitless: While there are numerous performers in Vegas that have won, or have been finalists on “America’s Got Talent”, few can say they won the whole thing twice. Shin Lim has done just that and his magic show at The Mirage has earned a solid 4.7/5 stars on Vegas.com. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the box office here, or with Vegas.com.
Nathan Burton Comedy Magic: Like Mat Franco, Nathan Burton is another product of “America’s Got Talent” and plays his popular magic show at Planet Hollywood. Popular with families, Comedy Magic is kid-friendly, showcasing a number of card tricks, illusions, all while mixing in some laughs. Earning 4.6/5 stars on Vegas.com, this is among the best magic shows in Las Vegas. Tickets can be purchased in advance via the box office and with Vegas.com here.
Note that this show is also currently offering discounted tickets on Groupon for $69.98 (normally $109.97).
The Magic of Jen Kramer: Performing at Westgate, Jen Kramer’s show is easily accessible from resorts on the Strip via the Monorail. The production, which incorporates mentalism, magic, and comedy has earned 4.6/5 stars on Vegas.com and typically costs less than $50 per person. Tickets can be priced out both with the Westgate box office or here, with Vegas.com. For fans of Hibachi, grab dinner at Benihana before the show! In true Vegas style, the restaurant is modeled after a Japanese village… and it’s really neat.
Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream: Another highly regarded magic show that incorporates comedy, Xavier Mortimer is a former Cirque du Soleil performer turned solo magician. The show leverages his storytelling ability which details a love story that is made more enthralling by acts of magic and illusion. The fans agree this Magical Dream belongs in the upper echelon of magic shows in Vegas awarding the production at STRAT 4.5/5 stars on Vegas.com. Tickets can be purchased via the box office, and with Vegas.com here.
Criss Angel – MINDFREAK: One of the more recognizable magic acts in Las Vegas, Criss Angel performs at his namesake theater at Planet Hollywood. While some Vegas magic shows leverage comedy, Criss Angel utilizes special effects, dancers, and pyrotechnics to entertain. Many of the “less enthused” reviews were disappointed that magic took a backseat to other effects that seemed to dominate the 90-minute show. Earning 4.4/5 stars on Vegas.com, MINDFREAK is solid, but only on the outside fringes of the best magic show options in Vegas. Tickets can be purchased via the box office, or here, with Vegas.com.
Penn & Teller: The duo which performs at Rio just off the Strip has been a part of the Las Vegas magic scene since their 1993 debut at Bally’s. Uniquely, only Penn speaks during performances with Teller remaining silent. Absent are the pyrotechnics and “high energy” elements that you may find at shows like Criss Angel, which could be positive or negative depending on your perspective. With 4.3/5 stars earned on Vegas.com, Penn and Teller could be a magic show in Las Vegas to consider. Tickets can be purchased in advance both with the box office and with Vegas.com here.
David Copperfield: A legendary magician, even those unfamiliar with Las Vegas know the name David Copperfield. Calling the MGM Grand home, Copperfield performs an assortment of tricks and illusions as part of a family-friendly show. Although he sports a legendary name, patrons didn’t necessarily agree with the assessment that Copperfield is the “greatest illusionist of our time” awarding only 4.2/5 stars on Vegas.com. Tickets can be purchased via the box office and with Vegas.com here.
Fortunately for those looking to be amazed while in town, there are a number of great magic shows in Las Vegas, many of which incorporate humor, audience participation, and almost all being kid-friendly. Hopefully, our rankings based on the opinion of the masses were able to help you find a magic show that will work for your group or family.
Looking for another genre or type of show while in Las Vegas? Check out our rundown of Cirque du Soleil shows, burlesque shows, male revue shows, variety shows, dinner shows, comedy shows, drag shows, kid-friendly shows, tribute band shows, and daytime shows.
Feature Image: ©fergregory/123RF.COM