Magic, comedy, puzzles… and a dollop of vulgarity
Location: New York City, NY
Date Played: May 30, 2021
Team size: 1-8; we recommend 4-8
Duration: 2 hours
Price: Start at $55 per player
Ticketing: Public… but if you book as a group of 8 you’ll have a mostly private experience
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
New York City’s Society of Conjurers And Magicians (SCAM), blends magic, comedy, and puzzles (more or less in that order).
SCAM is set in a nifty karaoke bar where each room has a unique design. The audience is split between these rooms, and magicians circulate from room to room performing their acts to the small groups. In between the acts, each group has the opportunity to solve a series of puzzles.
The performers are a rotating cast of quality New York City magicians. Some left us dumbfounded, others performed classics with elegance, and they all made us laugh.
SCAM was co-created by comedian & magician Harrison Greenbaum (the emcee for our convention RECON). I tell you this both to disclose that relationship, and to give you a sense of SCAM’s style. He is talented, funny, and vulgar. (He tones this last part down a lot for RECON.) To varying degrees, the other performers are cut from the same cloth.
If you aren’t sure whether you’ll enjoy the humor of SCAM New York, I recommend taking a good look at their secret society logo. Study the details, identify the layers… really take it in… because this shit is hilarious…
If instead you are bothered by it… perhaps Disney’s The Lion King is more your speed and it’s only a few blocks away from SCAM. No judgement from me; I want everyone to have a good time.
SCAM New York was the first show or game that Lisa and I had experienced post-quarantine. I cannot think of a better show for the era. Meeting up with a small group of friends and spending most of the show in a room with them while entertainment came to us was exactly the speed that we were looking for. If you enjoy magic, comedy, or puzzles, there’s something for you at SCAM.
Who is this for?
- Magic fans
- Comedy fans
- Puzzle lovers
- People looking for an unusual night out
- Any experience level
- It’s funny
- It’s entertaining
- The puzzles do a good job of filling in gaps between acts
We were invited to an initiation into a magical secret society.Continue reading “SCAM New York [Review]”