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“Don't miss this show!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Supernatural Chicago

Supernatural Chicago
Ranked #47 of 179 Concerts & Shows in Chicago
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Owner description: Now in its ninth straight year! Experience true stories of Chicago's paranormal past -- including ghosts, curses, and ESP -- brought to life through audience-involving demonstrations of the magical and the psychic. This interactive and creepily funny one-man show is hosted by Neil Tobin, Necromancer every Friday night in one of the city's most haunted locations, Castle nightclub. Educational and unforgettable fun! Group rates and private seatings are available.
St. Louis
1 review
“Don't miss this show!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

In July, I made a trip to Chicago and had the opportunity to see Neil Tobin’s “Supernatural Chicago” at the Excaliber Nightclub on Dearborn in the River North Neighborhood.

If you are passing anywhere near downtown Chicago, you are missing a great show if you fail to put this one on your itinerary.

“Supernatural Chicago” is a one-man show that has been running for over seven years. Tobin, who refers to himself as a “Necromancer,” blends Mentalism, pre-vaudeville-style spiritualism, and the art of storytelling to create an intriguing and hugely entertaining performance.

After a brief, atmospheric introduction to set the tone, Tobin sets the mood and explains that many people have claimed the 120 year-old building is haunted, and that it has attracted the attention of several supernatural-themed cable shows. Further, he notes the huge number of people killed during the Chicago fire and says that, in a sense, the entire city is one big graveyard.

Then the fun begins in earnest.

Tobin weaves Chicago-based ghost stories, some famous, some less-so, into a seamless pattern of mystery and amazement. In the hands of a lesser-performer, this could seem forced. “Here is s story. Now I’ll do a trick. Now, I’ll tell another story. Hey, about some mindreading?” In Tobin’s hands, however, the entire performance has an organic flow. Nothing seems forced, and the entire performance feels both organic, and natural.

The stories are fascinating, and the mysteries are first-rate, and vary from light-hearted magic, to very serious, and very impressive exhibitions of mentalism.

While many reviews have noted the “spooky” nature of the show—and there are several nicely-creepy moments—what most leave out is just how very funny Tobin is. He demonstrates impeccable timing, a solid wit, and an extremely engaging personality.

Adding to the charm is the Excalibur Nightclub itself. It’s an odd place. The downstairs bar area seems to be stuck in a strange time warp. Half disco, half Goth hangout, it is as if it was decorated by someone immortal, who couldn’t quite decide what era this was. (Think True Blood’s Fangtasia with more cheese, but less hot vampires.) The show, though, is held upstairs. Guests are led from the bar, up a long, vaguely Dark Shadows-ish staircase, to the loft area, where chairs and a curtain set the stage for an extremely entertaining evening.

To buy tickets, or get more info, you can go to:

http://www.supernaturalchicago.com/

(Note: The website is simple and utilitarian, and does not fully communicate just how strong the show is.)

Seating is limited to keep the performances intimate, so definitely buy your tickets well in advance. Particularly in October, when Halloween is in the air and the “children of the night” are most plentiful.

Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Good value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

We booked the tour on a whim but it turned out to be brilliant value for money. Not only did $25 gain you entry to the show but TWO drinks vouchers at the bar too. The show itself was extremely interactive and although the stories themselves weren't too convincing or frighteningly told, the deception tricks used were well executed and interesting to watch unfold!

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“An Absolutely Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is a must see whether you are visiting Chicago for the first time, or whether you have lived here your entire life like me. A great and interesting show that had me scared, intrigued, and laughing all at the same time! I would definitely recommend this, and will probably be back again myself!

Visited October 2012
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Chicago
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A fun, interesting and creepy night out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

I didn't know what to expect going into the show, but was very pleasantly surprised! The show was a blast and everyone in the audience got involved (not in an embarrassing way) I couldn't explain anything that was done in the show, my mind really was blown. We can't stop talking about it and wondering how he did what he did. A really fun night out, if you like chicago history, ghost stories and being amazed, this is the show for you!

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Great time and so much fun! We weren't sure what to expect, but we laughed all night and were amazed and entertained! We got admission to the Excalibur night club for the might, two free drinks each, and a great show and fantastic time, that's a true value to me!

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