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Neil Tobin

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Neil Tobin
BornJuly 7, 1966
Chicago, Illinois

Notable worksSupernatural Chicago; The Houdini Seance; Unspeakable Acts: Three Lives and Countless Legends of Tom Palmer/Tony Andruzzi/Masklyn ye Mage
AwardsPresidential Citation from the Society of American Magicians, Board of Directors for the Psychic Entertainers Association

Neil Tobin (b. July 7, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a performer of magical and psychic entertainment, and a writer on related subjects.


Since his performance material often involves themes of spirit contact—in addition to demonstrations of telepathy, precognition, magic, and even divination—he often performs as "Neil Tobin, Necromancer."

Live Performance

Since Friday the 13th of February 2004, Tobin has been performing Supernatural Chicago at the Excalibur nightclub in Chicago. He wrote, produced, directed, and is the sole performer of the show.[1]

Tobin has served as Medium of the Houdini Seance at Excalibur nightclub annually since October 2001. This event is presented on behalf of the Chicago Assembly of the Society of American Magicians during the last week of October to commemorate the late magician's death; Houdini helped found the Chicago Assembly in 1919.[2]

For private and corporate engagements, he performs a psychic-themed feature-length show called "A Necromantic Evening." He also entertains as a palmist and tarot reader at cocktail parties.

Performance: Other Media

Tobin has performed on broadcasts for WBEZ-FM, WGN-AM with Jonathon Brandmeier, WCKG-FM, KISS-FM, and WGN-TV (opposite Gary Sinise). He has appeared on "Haunted Places" on The Travel Channel, and "Dead Famous" on The History Channel. He can also be seen in the documentary feature "Hearing Is Believing" on the DVD release of the movie White Noise. He is the author and narrator of a Halloween-themed narrative for Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, entitled Peter and the Werewolf; the work appears on a CD with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


Tobin is co-writer and editor of Unspeakable Acts: Three Lives and Countless Legends of Tom Palmer/Tony Andruzzi/Masklyn ye Mage, which is available directly from the publisher and at magic shops throughout the world. For the general public, he wrote "Magical History Tour," a temporary exhibit focused on Chicago's contribution to the world of magical performance for the Elmhurst Historical Museum[3], which ran June 2010–January 2011; it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois Museum Association. He was also a consultant for "Magic," a temporary exhibit running June-September 2012 at the Chicago History Museum[4]. Tobin has contributed material to several magicians' publications, including Genii (magazine), M-U-M, Vibrations, Magicol, and Oracle.


Neil Tobin is the President for the Chicago Assembly of the Society of American Magicians; in this capacity, he has chaired the Chicago Magic Competition at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicago History Museum, and a run of five summers at Navy Pier. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Psychic Entertainers Association.


  • Unspeakable Acts: Three Lives and Countless Legends of Tom Palmer/Tony Andruzzi/Masklyn ye Mage (with Jim Magus and Terry Nosek) (2011)


  1. Haunting Tales Fill Late-Night Haunt from the Chicago Tribune, October 27, 2005
  2. Houdini's Halloween from WGN-TV and Red Eye, October 28, 2005

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