Rob began learning the art of card magic in 1973. He is a Magician who has lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois since 1987. Rob is a member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He specializes in performing interactive close-up magic with playing cards.

He works at private and corporate parties, receptions, and other celebrations, such as bar mitzvahs, weddings, company holiday events, and client entertainment at hospitality suites.

ABC Channel 7 News coverage of Looptopia 2008 included a cameo appearance of Rob Mendell performing his CARD MAGIC for a live audience. (To watch the video in a new window, click the number 7 in the picture.)

Rob has delighted audiences with his unique blend of fun mystery at many Chicago locations, such as these:

Restaurants and Hotels Festivals Public
Lincolnwood Place Block parties and fairs Grant Park
Maggiano's German-American Fest Greenbriar Park
O'Donovan's Restaurant* Lincoln Square MayFest Macy's on State Street
The Palmer House Looptopia Magnificent Mile
Renaissance Chicago Hotel RibFest Millennium Park
Xippo Bar Taste of Chicago Various sidewalk locations

* formerly Schulien's, one of Chicago's famous magic bars

Beyond Chicago

Rob has also performed his CARD MAGIC at locations outside Chicago, such as Houston and Boston:

Houston, Texas
For the 100 year anniversary of the Society of American Magicians in 2002, Rob joined many other magicians entertaining hospitalized veterans in their rooms at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

Boston, Massachusetts
Rob has performed in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a famous outdoor space where all sorts of street performers amuse
a constant influx of tourists and passersby.

Testimonial: Natalie Fredrickson, Office of the Cook County Public Defender

I first had the pleasure of meeting Rob at a synagogue Purim party, where he was performing his magic with cards. I thought he was great. So when the Cook County Public Defender was planning their annual summer picnic, we entered into a contract with Rob to perform his card magic there. He went from table to table performing his magic for adults and children of all ages. Everyone loved him. I would definitely recommend him as a feature attraction for small private parties or large affairs, like ours.

Testimonial: Laura Tillotson, Party Hostess

Rob Mendell's amazing performances have something for everyone. At a recent birthday celebration, everyone in our family was enthralled by his card magic, from my seven-year-old niece to her sixty-plus grandparents. Getting a chance to learn a card trick ourselves was a definite plus. Rob's act is highly enjoyable, and mystifying, too!

Testimonial: Amanda Garcia, Birthday Girl

I met Rob as he was doing card tricks for other passengers on his way home on the EL. He was so talented and interesting to watch. Before I got off, he gave me a business card (cleverly printed on the back of a playing card) which I held onto.

A few months later, I was planning my 25th birthday party and decided that Rob's magic would be a fun addition to the festivities. He was easy to contact and gave me a reasonable quote for his time. I felt he would be best to just hang out early in the evening and do tricks for people as they arrived.

The crowd consisted of professional 20- and 30-somethings. Rob showed up on time and stayed longer than scheduled, which was so appreciated because everyone absolutely loved his magic. People are still referring to "the card magician" as the highlight of the evening!

Cool does not even begin to describe his tricks. You will truly be amazed and find yourself saying, "How did he do that?" I would fully recommend Rob for any function with guests who can appreciate real magic.