Friday, March 1, 2024

Whisky, Wine, and Surprise On the Illusionist’s Desk with Scott Silven

World-renowned Scottish illusionist, Scott Silven returns to The McKittrick Resort for At The Illusionist’s Desk.

(Tickets out there via mid-October.)

On this extraordinary efficiency, the enigmatic host and mastermind guides visitors via a fascinating night. It’s a novel fusion of delectable culinary experiences, heartfelt storytelling, and mind-boggling mentalism. Put together to query your senses as candlelight dances, whisky flows, and charming conversations unfold towards the backdrop of a meal crammed with astonishing illusions.

Following a sold-out run earlier this 12 months within the lodge’s winter rooftop, The Hideout at Gallow Inexperienced, At The Illusionist’s Desk returns, by standard demand, for a restricted engagement this fall.

“It’s a nice privilege to return as soon as once more to my dwelling away from dwelling at The McKittrick Resort. I’m delighted for New York audiences to hitch me for a rare night this fall,” shares Silven.

From the second visitors step into the Membership Automotive, a bar designed to appear to be a traditional prepare automobile, for his or her first cocktail to discovering their seats within the efficiency house on the intimate, candlelit lengthy dinner desk with Silven on the head, who charms and mesmerizes with tales of rising up in Scotland. The three-course dinner menu is crafted by the lodge’s Govt Chef, Pascal Le Seac’h and paired completely with traditional whisky cocktails together with fastidiously chosen drams from Silven’s hometown. Past the Illusionist’s tales and methods, the true magic comes from the host’s capacity to attach his visitors via a shared expertise round his dinner desk. We requested Silven to inform us extra about At The Illusionist’s Desk.

Inform us what impressed your standard eating expertise.

Earlier than creating At The Illusionist’s Desk, my work was predominantly skilled via conventional theater and tv similar to The Kennedy Heart, Sydney Opera Home and The At present Present. I needed to push the boundaries of my craft and create an expertise in an intimate setting that explored the facility of connection and the senses in a brand new and revelatory approach.

I imagine nice foods and drinks ought to present a novel sensory encounter, and maybe spark an emotional reminiscence. It appeared like the proper crossover to convey the aesthetic of a cocktail party and design a magical theatrical expertise round this.

It’s actually rewarding to take a seat down with an intimate group each evening, break bread, watch every of them start to attach with one another and immediately turn out to be brokers within the inconceivable. The intimate setting of a single desk additionally permits me to speed up the connections within the room, normally a lot faster than in a theatre surroundings. Most significantly, the non-public nature of the setting and the openness of the dinner desk additionally heightens the impossibility of the expertise.

What ought to visitors know in regards to the expertise? What can they anticipate?

At The Illusionist’s Desk has very kindly been known as by critics ‘one of the best feast you’ll ever attend’ and, though that’s loads of stress, it’s actually what I purpose to attain!  You’ll be a part of me as a part of a choose group round a single desk in a secret house in The McKittrick and we’ll go on a sensory journey collectively the place meals, drink, phantasm and reminiscence intertwine to create a very outstanding expertise. You’ll go away figuring out that you haven’t solely witnessed however had been an intricate a part of one thing extraordinary.

The expertise is vital to profitable F&B packages. Speak to us about this concept.

I imagine that persons are searching for extra than simply good meals and repair. They need a particular second that they are going to discuss for years to return. After I arrived in NYC with At The Illusionist’s Desk a couple of years again, it was heralded as an expertise that broke the mildew of what ‘dinner theater’ may be. In recent times I’ve been delighted to see theatrical parts percolate into different dinner packages, however for it to be efficient, I strongly imagine that every aspect ought to have the ability to stand by itself and never depend on gimmicks which will present flash however no emotional resonation.

What can visitors anticipate from the meals and whisky served at your occasion?

The menu is designed by the fantastic Pascal Le Seac’H, Govt Chef of The McKittrick and previously govt chef of Pastis and Balthazar. Mixtures of flavors are rooted in my Scottish heritage and tied to the narrative of the present which explores the forests from my childhood. The whisky is fastidiously chosen from areas from my hometown in Scotland and loved in each distinctive cocktail codecs and neat.

How are the dishes and drinks paired collectively and included with the illusions?

The foods and drinks are usually not merely an addendum to the present however woven deeply into the expertise. My visitors will take pleasure in three courses- The Sea, The Forest, and The Examine- regarding the three acts of the present in addition to two particular sensory whisky tastings. The hyperlinks between the meals and narrative are hopefully elegant and delicate and as the expertise builds turn out to be extra profound. And, after all, there’s fairly a couple of surprises alongside the best way…

Why whisky because the spirit of selection?

I grew up in Scotland, so the water of life gave the impression to be one of the best spirit to conjure up one of the best emotional connection to the present. There’s additionally a depth and complexity to aged single malt scotch whisky that works effectively in sparking reminiscence and permits the viewers to present themselves extra deeply to the expertise.

What else are you able to inform us about this expertise?

My hope is that your time At The Illusionist’s Desk shall be one that you just’ll bear in mind and discuss for a really very long time.

You’ll end up collaborating in inconceivable and thrilling illusions, however it’s going to additionally hopefully make you look carefully at your personal life, discover inspiration, and uncover what you’re able to, all while having fun with a particular meal within the unforgettable environment of The McKittrick. Your seat on the desk awaits!

The McKittrick Resort (530 West twenty seventh Avenue, NYC), dwelling of Sleep No Extra, introduced the return of internationally acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven’s At The Illusionist’s Desk. Performances of the intimate expertise, the place mystical mentalism intertwines with high quality eating, shall be provided from September 14 via October 21, 2023.

Seatings are provided on Thursdays at 7:30PM and Fridays & Saturdays at 7PM.

Cloud 9 reservations embrace specifically chosen wine pairings with every course. Seasonal cocktails are additionally out there for buy from The Membership Automotive’s bar. Company are welcome to go to the lodge’s rooftop backyard bar and restaurant, Gallow Inexperienced, earlier than or after the efficiency. Go to for menus, reservations, or to customise a personal gathering.

For tickets and details about Sleep No Extra and different experiences on the lodge, go to

Tag/Comply with: @themckittrick @scottsilven Hashtag: #McKittrickHotel #attheillusioniststable

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