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The Magic Duel

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‘21 Certificate of Excellence, 2021


DC's #1 Rated Show on Yelp and TripAdvisor in our 6 years at the Mayflower Hotel and other DC venues. Our comedy and magic shows for the public are live again on most Saturday nights, and for private events. Socially distanced live or streaming Corporate and family friendly events available. No children's shows.

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24 October 2020

I really enjoyed watching the virtual Magic Duel, live from the comfort and safety of my own home. The magic was done so well and literally right before my eyes. There’s no where to hide! Some of the magic tricks were literally astounding. You can pay to just watch or pay a little more to be a participant. I chose to participate and so did my friends, which made it more entertaining.
Ryan and Mark have a fun relationship and their banter was silly. I will definitely go see them when they return to the theater, but until then, I think this is a fun way to have a virtual party with friends or just a nice change from more Netflix.


After over 30 years performing around the world for corporate clients at trade shows, Mark Phillips co-created The Magic Duel, which became an instant hit at DC's beautiful and historic Mayflower Hotel. We have been earning 5 star reviews there since 2015.

The magic duel is a live competition with the audience serving as judge and jury! Spectator's assist in the interactive, show and vote for their choice for DC's Best Magician. This applies to both live and virtual shows.

After traveling the world, I have learned that DC audiences are among the best educated, most insightful, highly receptive audiences in the world. We love developing both comedy and magic clever enough for this discerning group.

As a magician, you must wait for customers or agents to find you, or you can create your own opportunities. Being impatient, I created The Magic Duel and presented it as a self-produced, self contained show.

There are simply no other shows in DC, be they comedy, drama or variety arts, that approach the high ratings The Magic Duel has earned on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. When you hire The Magic Duel, you are guaranteed a great show that your guests will both love, and consider you a genius for finding.

Yes! We offer virtual shows in addition to live. These can be on Zoom or other platforms. The show is 60 minutes long and has in depth interaction with 4 to 6 volunteers.

Mark and Ryan Phillips are both fully vaccinated. We adhere to local safety standards when performing. For example, there is currently a mask mandate in DC and we are united with the vast majority of DC venues in requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid-19 test for our public show audience members.


The Magic Duel live streaming show is available for private and corporate events. This 60 minute comedy magic show features audience interaction as well as world class magic.

You can incorporate a prerecorded performance of The Magic Duel into your live streaming event. Available in any length from 15 to 60 minutes, custom scripting and messaging is also available.

Live performances of The Magic Duel or solo appearances by Ryan or Mark Phillips can be arranged. These shows must be performed following local guidance for Covid-19 safety. Mark and Ryan are both fully vaccinated.