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Events The Great Philadelphia Comedy Magic Walk

The Great Philadelphia Comedy Magic Walk

Robert Malissa, Walking Magician

September 18-October 2

2021 Fringe Festival

1 hour 15 minutes


Outside of the BourseMap

Wheelchair Accessible

Take a stroll through Old City Philly for magic and mystery, inspired by history! You will visit several historic locations each of which is the basis for a comedic and mind-bending performance. In the program are:


    • “The True Story of Betsy Ross and the American Flag”
    • “If I Could Save a Penny in a Bottle”
    • “Say Hello to my Little Benjamin Franklin”…..and much, much, more!

You will never see Philly the same way again!



Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 – 2:00pm
Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 – 4:30pm
Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 – 2:00pm
Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 – 4:30pm
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 – 2:00pm
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 – 4:30pm


William Penn, Founder of Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin, Entrepreneur, Founding Father, Swimmer, lots of other things

Betsy Ross, seamstress

George Washington, General, First President, Role Model

Steve Powers, Artist of 2nd Street Mural


Content Considerations

Appropriate for Ages 13+.

Audience Instructions

The show is outdoors and weather dependent. Please contact 267-566-8897 to determine if the show will be performed if the weather looks sketchy.

We meet in front of the Bourse (near 5th and Chestnut Streets). Please come 15 minutes early and use the bathrooms at the Bourse if needed. The walk starts promptly and there are no bathroom breaks which means you’d have to split off and find you way back to the group.

About the Artists

Rob Malissa is an award-winning, incredibly funny, laugh-provoking, out-of-this-world comedy magician with low self esteem (who writes his own bios).  He has a very warm style with a goal of sharing the joy inherent in a moment of magic. Rob encourages participation and ensures that his volunteers have a great time. He is the winner of the Philadelphia Houdini Award, and a recipient of both stage and close-up magic awards from the Philadelphia Society of American Magicians.

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