Supernatural Chicago

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Supernatural Chicago, currently[when?] in its seventh year of performances, has become a mainstay of the Chicago theater scene. The show opened on the appropriately superstition-tinged date of Friday the 13th in February 2004, and continues in an open-ended run.

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A one person show created and starring Chicago "necromancer" Neil Tobin, Supernatural Chicago is the longest-running theatrical magic presentation in Chicago. The show is an example of interactive theater, in that there is no "fourth wall"—two-way communication between performer and audience is a major portion of each performance. It is environmental theater, as well: its location, the landmark Excalibur (nightclub), is a non-traditional theater space cited as a haunted location in several books and on such broadcasts as "Sightings" (A&E Network), "Haunted Places" (The Travel Channel), and "Dead Famous" (The History Channel). As such, the building is a crucial element of the audience experience.

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The show centers on Chicago's rich oral history of hauntings and other paranormal events. These stories are brought to life for audience members through interactive demonstrations of the purportedly psychic and magical so that, "[b]y the end, the show isn't about the stories, but about people's experiences with the stories."[2][non-primary source needed]

In a typical performance, guests may:

  • Imagine driving home with Resurrection Mary
  • Try to evade the Curse of the Cubs
  • Examine the legend of the Devil Baby of Hull House
  • Glimpse the spirit channeling of Lurrancy Vennum

Although such subject matter might make audience members expect a horror-style scream show, Tobin's dry sense of humor and restrained style ensure Supernatural Chicago is "more creepy-funny than scary-scary." He adds, "If you can handle The Addams Family, you can handle this."[3][non-primary source needed]

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  1. ^ TripAdvisor (2008-10-26). "Top 10 haunted attractions". Denver Post (online ed.). Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  2. ^ Isn't It Necromatic? from Wednesday Journal, October 23, 2007
  3. ^ House of Historical Horrors from Time Out Chicago, October 4–10, 2007

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