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The Optical Delusions starring Marcus Monroe and Ben Seidman


Award-winning stars return to The War Memorial in a magical, hilarious, and jaw-dropping performance.

Prepare for an evening of whimsy, spectacle, comedy, and fun as stars of television and film, Marcus Monroe and Ben Seidman, return to The War Memorial, bringing with them an all-new show.

Dubbed “…One of the most entertaining performers to watch in New York City,” by the New York Times, Marcus Monroe combines innovative juggling with high-energy comedic and improv skills, creating a truly inimitable performance. Not only is he is giving comedy-juggling an extreme makeover, but Marcus is taking a strong lead in the new generation of variety performers.

Ben Seidman guest stars on the new Netflix Original, Brainchild. He appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW network and starred in two specials on the Travel Channel. Ben was the highest rated performer for Princess Cruises and won the title Entertainer of the Year, and is the only person in history to be named the Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay, Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. His residency at Mandalay followed three-seasons consultant for Mindfreak on A&E, during which he worked full-time, designing illusions for Criss Angel.

Marcus and Ben have continued to gain stardom, working alongside such influencers as Neil Patrick Harris, Zach Galifianakis, and Pharrell Williams. Both hilarious and talented performers appeared at The War Memorial in 2017, headlining their own separate (and sold out!) shows. Join us as they return to our stage – together!


This event is sold out!

Your Evening

6pm — Dinner and Show tickets: Enjoy a magical gourmet meal in The War Memorial’s lakefront ballroom.

7:30pm — All ticket levels: Marcus Monroe and Ben Seidman will appear live in The War Memorial’s beautiful Patriot Theater!

Your evening’s menu
Dinner tickets are sold out!

"Slider Station"
Pulled "Jackfruit", Chicken & Waffle, Certified Angus Beef

The "D" Tour
National Coney Island Station
Accoutrements: Chili, Caramelized Onions, Diced White Onions, Pepperoncini, Bacon Relish, Dill and Sweet Relish, Sauerkraut, Nacho Cheese Sauce, Ketchup and Mustard

"Popping" Wings
Succulent Chicken Wings with Faygo™ Glaze
Assortment of Rock and Rye, Cola and Orange

Better Made Chicken Tenders
Chicken tenders encrusted with Better Made™ Sweet Heat BBQ and Original Potato Chips Crumbs Accoutrements: Michigan Honeycrisp Chutney, Michigan™ Maple Syrup, Vernor’s™ Demi, Mashed Potatoes with Crooked Creek Cream and Chives, Honey Glazed Baby Carrots and Peas

It's All Greek to Me
Artisan Mixed Greens with Pickled Beets, Cece Beans, Feta Cheese, Pepperoncini, Tomatoes, Carrots, Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, Veggie Grape Leaves, Tzatziki Sauce, Hummus, Red Onion, Pita Bread, Diced Chicken. Grilled Veggies, Gyros Meat, Served with a House-made Greek Vinaigrette

Kettle Time
McClure’s Dill Pickle Soup
Served with Jiffy™ Corn Muffins and Local Amish Honey Butter

Sweet Sweet Stuff
Light and Airy Pate a Choux Filled with Guernsey Vanilla Ice Cream and Topped with Sander’s™ Hot Fudge
Assortment of Local Desserts

Credits and Awards

Chances are, you’ve seen Ben and Marcus on television, in a film, or on a cruise.

Ben Seidman
Brainchild • Netflix
Magic Outlaws • Travel Channel
Penn & Teller: Fool Us • CW
The Mentalist • CBS
Criss Angel Mindfreak • A&E
Winner, Princess Cruises Entertainer of the Year

Marcus Monroe
The Late Show with David Letterman • CBS
Switched! • ABC Family
Mad Science • Discovery Kids
Pawn Stars • The History Channel
It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Focus Features)
Winner, Andy Kaufman Award

The Arts | Culture | Film series at The War Memorial is sponsored in part by a generous gift from Patrick and Valerie Moran.


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