frontdoor-webDavid Parr is an actor, author and magician who has been fascinated by the strange and mysterious since childhood. He has written two acclaimed books about the art of magic. His thought-provoking articles have appeared in publications in the U.S., Germany, France, Australia, Denmark, and Sweden. He has acted as a technical consultant to theatrical productions, given presentations on seances and the supernatural at academic conferences, and amazed audiences at Hollywood’s prestigious Magic Castle. He is currently an editor for MAGIC Magazine, the world’s top magic journal. Past projects have included directing a surrealist take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula; appearing in a classic Pirandello play about madness and deception; and writing and directing a re-creation of a 19th-century funeral for an exhibition featured in the Chicago Tribune. Around Halloween, David can be found haunting atmospheric locations with original shows such as Visions of Poe, an interactive journey into the tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe, and Haunting History, a guided tour of the shadowy territory where history meets myth and folklore. [David’s website]


Joe Diamond might look like a normal guy, but he has turned his interest in the paranormal into a full-time career. When Joe was still just a teenager, he performed in Puerto Rico, Canada, Las Vegas and on WGN Morning News. For two years, Joe was a featured street performer at the Six Flags Great America theme park. When he was seventeen, he was the youngest person to win first place in the Close-Up Magic Classic, a contest focused on sleight-of-hand excellence. Joe is currently a world record holder for solving the world’s largest corn maze while blindfolded! He was recently featured in the award-winning documentary Make Believe, alongside celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris and Lance Burton. (The film is available on Netflix.) Joe has performed on TV multiple times, including on WGN, WCIU, The Movie Channel, and Showtime, and he is also the creator of his own web series on YouTube. [Joe’s website]