Magic Up Close is a highly visual magic show that appeals to a multi-generational audience and includes plenty of audience participation. The performance takes place on the edge of the stage, giving everyone a bird’s-eye view. Sean Masterson’s highly original presentations combine sleight-of-hand illusions with skilled storytelling to create an experience that is both amazing and entertaining. Chicago Tribune reviewer Nancy Maes wrote, “Masterson leaves you in awe, wondering how he manages to do his tricks. But with the addition of the stories, he manages to unlock secret doors in the mind so that it is possible to revel, without questioning, in the mysteries of the unknown.