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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!


Dinner and Show (Adult): $55
Dinner and Show (Child Under 12): $40
Dinner and Show (Table of Eight): $385
Show Only: $23
Full cash bar.
Masters of Delusion is a family-friendly show.

Your Evening

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

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

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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