Spend a special Halloween evening experiencing this authentic recreation of a traditional Victorian seance. Join Neil Tobin, Necromancer and members of the Chicago Assembly of the Society of American Magicians as they attempt to contact the spirit of Houdini. Will his presence make itself known? No one can tell—but whatever happens, you will feel a greater understanding of history and an old-fashioned case of goosebumps!
According to A&E, the Travel Channel, and such TV shows as "Sightings" and "America's Most Haunted Places," the building housing Excalibur nightclub is one of the most haunted places in Chicago. In other words, the perfect place to attempt to contact Houdini on October 31st—the 86th anniversary of his death.
What Is Not Included?
- Is this for real or is it just a play?
- This is a theatrical recreation of a traditional Victorian seance. As such, it is an interactive experience that has been meticulously researched to be every bit as real as the seances Houdini visited in his lifetime.
- How scary is the seance?
- This is a recreation of a traditional spirit circle. So don't expect commercial "haunted house"-style ghost show antics—there won't be anybody in hockey masks jumping out at you from a darkened hallway. There are even moments when it's light and amusing. But make no mistake: when things get serious, sitting in pitch darkness while holding hands with strangers and invoking the spirits is not for the faint of heart.
- Can those under 21-years-old attend?
- Absolutely. Even though it's performed within a nightclub, minors can see the show -- the content is perfectly appropriate for guests of high school age and up. Children under 13 will probably not have the attention span necessary to enjoy the show fully and are discouraged from attending.
- Will I be forced to participate?
- Nobody will make you do anything that would embarass you. At all times, you will be treated with the respect of a sitter at a Victorian seance.
- Is this the same as Supernatural Chicago?
- No. Supernatural Chicago and The Houdini Seance are two entirely different experiences. If you want to learn about Chicago's paranormal history, we recommend Supernatural Chicago. If you want to make your Halloween memorably creepy, we recommend The Houdini Seance. If you like it all, we recommend both!
- Are individual seats reserved?
- They don't need to be, as there are no bad seats in the house. The show seating maxes out at 50, so everybody can see and interact. It's like your own little private party.
- What should I wear?
- Feel free to dress comfortably. Most guests tend to dress in standard nightclub attire. As it is Halloween, costumes are certainly acceptable—but please don't wear anything that illuminates.
- Is there parking at the nightclub?
- Valet parking will be available, but there is also limited street parking and nearby parking garages. Further details will be provided upon purchasing your tickets.
- Do you offer private shows?
- Yes! Supernatural Chicago can either be a private show, or special "command performances" on unscheduled evenings are also a possibility. Supernatural Chicago can also travel almost anywhere, schedule permitting. If you're interested in a private show, please click on the "Contact Necromancer" link and let us know!
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Please be punctual - latecomers may not be seated.
- Please arrive no later than 7:15pm for the seance. Once the performance begins at 7:30pm, latecomers may not be seated.
- Children under 13 are not recommended.
- Because of the nature and content of the show, children under 13 are not recommended to attend. Please also let us know how many guests under 21 will be attending upon purchasing your tickets.
He has performed on broadcasts for the Travel Channel, the Biography Channel, WCKG-FM, and WGN-TV (opposite Gary Sinise). He can also be seen on the DVD release of the Michael Keaton thriller, "White Noise," and heard on CD narrating "Peter and the Werewolf" with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Neil Tobin is President for the Chicago Assembly of the Society of American Magicians.
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