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Looking for Showmance in Chicago: Meet Hannah and Sam

February 13, 2017 by CJ Schwartz
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9 cities. 18 singles. 9 blind dates. Introducing our Looking for Showmance Series, where we send two singles to meet for the first time, attend a show together, and document their experiences. Will a Showmance be sparked? Read on to find out!

We sent our Chicago singles to The House Theatre of Chicago’s The Magic Parlour, where they were treated to a night of spectacular magic. Will a Showmance be sparked? Let’s find out:

Meet Hannah:


Hannah is a grad student studying to be a school counselor and help young people transition to life after high school. She grew up in Evanston, went to college in Minnesota, and moved back to Chicago a couple of years ago.

What are your expectations for this blind date?

“Why not take a chance? I’m excited about going on a blind date that involves theater, which always makes for a great time.”

How do you feel about theater?

“I used to go see a lot of theater when I lived in the Twin Cities because many of my friends were involved in the local theater scene. But since moving to Chicago, I haven’t found my theater friend group yet, and it’s not as much fun to go by yourself, so I only see a couple of shows a year.”

Meet Sam:


Sam is a freelance writer who mostly covers sports and video games. He also has a passion for cooking and mixology; Alton Brown is one of his personal heroes.

What are your expectations for this blind date?

“I’ve never done a blind date before! It’s exciting! I feel like, worst case scenario, I meet a new theater buddy.”

How do you feel about theater?

“I usually try and go see a show or two every couple of months. Generally, I stick to the storefront scene, and support shows my friends are involved in. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of dance shows as well.”

The Date:

The Date

Hannah and Sam headed to The Palmer House to be wowed by the out-of-this-world feats of magician Dennis Watkins in The Magic Parlour. After the date, we caught up with our singles to see how everything went:

What was the overall experience like for you? Would you go on a blind date again?

HANNAH: “It was a fun experience!  It was great to go on a date where I didn’t have to do any work organizing it. I would probably go on a blind date again!”

SAM: “The overall experience was great! I had never been on a blind date before, but it ended up being a lot of fun. I’d definitely go on a blind date again; it was a super low-pressure situation, which was very nice.”

What was your first impression of your date?

HANNAH: “I thought Sam was cute, and then he started talking about knowing the history of the venue and I thought we would get along great.”

SAM: “Hannah seemed awesome! My first impression was she was friendly and outgoing. I mean, anybody that’s up for a theater blind date would be, right?”

What were your favorite things about your date?

HANNAH: “Sam was so excited for the overall experience and had great energy.  Whereas I was a little unsure about seeing a magic show, Sam trusted that this theater company would make it fantastic. ”

SAM: “Her smile was infectious, and she was really smart and engaging when we talked. Super funny, too!”

What was your favorite thing about The Magic Parlour?

HANNAH: “Honestly, I was expecting The Magic Parlour to be a hokey magic show.  A little bit of audience participation and “look! it disappeared!” However, this show was great and far surpassed my expectations. In addition to sleight of hand tricks, The Magic Parlour includes some mentalism and the magician’s ability to read people’s minds was simply amazing. ”

SAM:  “I really had no idea what to expect. I had only ever seen a Penn and Teller magic show before, so this kind of intimate show was new to me. That said, it was absolutely amazing. My jaw was on the floor the entire time. Generally, seeing this kind of stuff in an intimate setting was very special. Dennis [the magician] said at the start that the goal was to take us back to a childlike sense of wonder over the course of the night. He was incredibly successful.”

Do you think The Magic Parlour is a good date night show? Why or why not?

HANNAH:  “The Magic Parlour was a great date night show.  Drinks and surprises and a guarantee that you’re both going to get involved in the show made for an enjoyable date.”

SAM: “Yes, absolutely! Being filled with wonder and curiosity like that is perfect for a date night.”

If you want to experience The Magic Parlour  for yourself (or bring along a date!) you can save on tickets with TodayTix. Need more Showmance in your life? Follow along as we document the dates of 9 couples across the globe here.

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