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, 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.
The show centers on Chicago's 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."[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."[non-primary source needed]