Nelson Illusions Bringing Mesmerizing Magic to Hatfield Hall

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Nelson Illusions performer on stage appearing to float.

Thrilling Entertainment: Nelson Illusions' Dreams of the Impossible Tour features a 21-foot-long Drill of Death, which skewers a woman, lifts her 18 feet in the air, and has her struggling to escape a steampunk-inspired jet turbine.

Master magicians will create mind-bending illusions, with a steampunk flair, when Nelson Illusions comes to the Hatfield Hall Theater for two shows on Saturday, October 24, as part of the 2015-16 Performing Arts Series.

The show offers to be a fitting performance for the Halloween season, with spine-tingling close-calls as the magicians cheat death through fantastical illusions during family-oriented performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the United States. The four-member Nelson family combines magic, illusion, and theatrical style in a show Philadelphia Enquirer called "powerful, vividly presented, dramatic, and electrifying."

The group's 21-foot-long Drill of Death skewers a woman and lifts her 18 feet in the air. That's when she struggles to escape a steampunk-inspired jet turbine. The master magicians combine mystery, drama, romance, and comedy their unique styles to get the woman out of the precarious situation.

Other aspects of the show will have a man melting to pass through a sheet of solid steel; a man is caught between two giant, spinning saw blades; and, of course, the classic girl being sawn in half.

"Nelson Illusions is a family-friendly show that has a bit of an edge," says Dan Tryon, Hatfield Hall's director of performing arts. "There's just enough to keep things entertaining for teenagers and their parents, without causing gratuitous fear in younger audience members."

A few audience members will also have the opportunity to share in the astonishing feats as they witness them up close and personal.

Tickets and complete show information are also available at Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youths, and are available online at, by phone at 812-877-8544, or at the Hatfield Hall ticket desk on Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and two hours before the show.