Ends Jan 11 | 1h 30m | Chelsea

The Enigmatist

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Masterful

About the show

An evening of puzzles, cryptology and illusions from David Kwong, a renowned magician and New York Times crossword constructor. More…

From the show:

David Kwong invites you to step into the mysterious, historic world of the Riverbank Estate, the “cradle of cryptology,” reimagined at The High Line Hotel’s gothic Hoffman Hall. Guests will experience mind-bending illusions, and solve entertaining riddles and puzzles. The Enigmatist will blur reality and fiction — and leave you in awe of Kwong’s secret talents.

1h 30m | Ends Jan 11 | The High Line Hotel (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (28)


Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Masterful
Avg Score

Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Riveting

See it if you love magic &/or puzzles. Charismatic DH rapidly creates crossword! Thin on issues (no politics), but joy of mental gymnastics. Gd crowd.

Don't see it if you want real theater w/tradl perf. DH is funny, but not stand-up. Magic interwoven w/puzzle-solving. Fun, absorbing. Go early to venue!

Masterful, Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love trying to solve 5 challenges thru-out show, see him make a crossword puzzle in 2.5 minutes, & see how objects turn up elsewhere.

Don't see it if You don't like solving the 4 pre-show puzzles beforehand. But they have a "little hint" and a "big hint" for each puzzle, so that helps!!

Also Very fancy hotel, currently with exquisite Halloween displays outside ... Read more Read less

Clever, Masterful, Absorbing, Smart and fun, Entertaining

See it if Like chamber magic performed by engaging, mentally quick fellow in tight, quasi-nightclub setting. "Whoa-how'd he do that?!" plus puzzles!

Don't see it if Hate card tricks, audience participation (not mandatory), aren't puzzle-curious, don't like crosswords, expect a play. Nerdy/gentle surprise

Also Plan on getting to performance space a minimum of 40 mins before show ... Read more Read less

Masterful, Dizzying, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like magic, or Scrabble, or crossword puzzles, or all of the above.

Don't see it if It's a magic show. If that's not your thing, move on.

Thought-provoking, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy puzzles (esp. crosswords, scrabbles, word puzzles), nerd talk, and magic (traditional tricks). Faint plot to connect the tricks.

Don't see it if Don't like audience participation, which is even more for front row folks. Some overlap with Darren Brown's Secret but this has puzzles.

Also Diversity: multiracial / mixed-race Asian-White one-man show.... Read more Read less

Masterful, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if magic, puzzles or scrabble intrigue you all wrapped up with entertaining patter and stories

Don't see it if you want a serious night out

Also This is highly unique. His goal is to astound while entertaining. Audi... Read more Read less

Masterful, Intelligent, Exquisite, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are a fan of puzzles, magic and cryptology! David does an amazing job of entertaining the audience throughout his presentation.

Don't see it if looking for a music or play. This is more of up close magic show, with some great puzzles mixed in. Seats can be somewhat uncomfortable also

Also With designing my own escape room with unique puzzles, David was just ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like puzzles and figuring stuff out. He was very engaging and entertaining. Kept you guessing.

Don't see it if You do not like magic or mentalism

Unique and personal, Quirky, Masterful, Delightful

See it if He’s highly intelligent and figured out a way to combine puzzles and magic that’s engaging, involves audience & displays his amazing talent

Don't see it if You really dislike puzzles, but it’s a lot of fun to watch him. I enjoyed solving some of the pre puzzles &my husband got 1 in the show.

Also Saw Neil Patrick Harris at the show too, so you know David brings some... Read more Read less

Must see, Epic, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you love magic shows.

Don't see it if you don' like puzzles, magic and thinking.

Also One of he best magic shows i've seen in my life. The intelligence of t... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you enjoy puzzles, illusions, magic and cracking codes.

Don't see it if you don't like puzzles, illusions or stimulating your brain to crack some codes.

Magic show and brain teasers, Refreshing, Fun, Clever, Quirky

See it if You enjoy magic shows and brain teasers. Kwong explains magic and puzzles have been his lifelong obsession, and he’s mastered the art forms.

Don't see it if You want a theatrical experience. There’s almost no storytelling aspect to it. You don’t like participating.

Also Aside from pulling off astounding magic tricks and wowing us with his ... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Masterful, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if A must for puzzle, Scrabble and magic fans. Also for the curious and those interested in fun, new experiences.

Don't see it if You want anything like a Broadway show. This is a single performer showing his expertise in magic and puzzles, with audience participation.

Also The entertainment begins in the lobby, with four puzzles the audience ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you like nerdy things like crossword puzzles, scrabble, historical stories of cryptographers... and also mental magic.

Don't see it if you don't want to participate in your entertainment; you don't care about magic.

Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like magic and puzzles. He is very clever. It is really fun!

Don't see it if You don’t like magic and puzzles.

Entertaining, Smart!, Absorbing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like magic, scrabble, science, history, crossword puzzles, thinking.

Don't see it if you want big and splashy, you don't like solving puzzles, or being made to think while you are being entertained.

Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like magic. You like puzzles. You like scrabble or maybe you appreciate scrabble. You want to have a fun date night.

Don't see it if Puzzles annoy you. You find magic a waste of time.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy puzzles and magic

Don't see it if you are looking for a large scale production, this is fun, smart, and intimate

Also This is a great night out! Is it something you've never seen before, m... Read more Read less

Must see, Mind-blowing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like magic, illusionist, and puzzels. It was very well thought out, multiple layers of tricks. Will surprise you in a good way.

Don't see it if you want to see a play

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like numbers, math, puzzling, ciphers, and "magic". If you like to think and be entertained. If you like to participate! WONDERFUL

Don't see it if if you want to see a typical broadway show.. this is nothing like that this show is wonderful brilliant and entertaining & the venue's great

Also Venue: The Highline Hotel - FANTASTIC - Tip - have your first cocktail... Read more Read less

Quirky, Ambitious, Clever

See it if clever show with interesting puzzles

Don't see it if not as exciting as could be - room was stifling unfortunately

Clever, Entertaining, Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like puzzles, magic and or Scrabble. David Kwong manages to interweave them all in an entertaining, intelligent manner that is also fun!

Don't see it if You want a traditional theatrical event or you don't like magic.

Entertaining, Quirky, Clever

See it if You're really into puzzles and/or are open to feeding off of the enthusiasm of the performer (which is infectious!)

Don't see it if You want to see a more traditional show with a plot and multiple characters or have no interest in puzzles of any kind

Intimate, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like puzzles and magic as well as audience interaction. There’s also a little bit of history of cryptology.

Don't see it if You dislike solving puzzles or audience interaction. This is not a play, so there is not really a storyline to follow

Also Come early (at least a half hour) to solve some puzzles beforehand. ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you enjoy puzzles and slight of hand magic tricks. Intimate space at a great venue. Good buildup to some impressive tricks. Fun experience.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood to think and put effort into figuring out puzzles.

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