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The MUST SEE Show of 19th Century Magic & Haunted Mysteries

The ASTONIFY Show will take you back in time, to a time before cell phones, a time before television, to a time when people believed that impossible things were possible.

Illusionist Dean Carnegie recreates a 19th Century style show of Parlor Magic. He shares true stories of remarkable men and women from the era, then finishes off with a demonstration of a full light Victorian Seance!

ASTONIFY is an evening of incredible wonders and marvels you don’t want to miss!!!


Where Can We See The Show???

*Special Note:  The  ‘Secret Parlor Theatre’  is not handicapped accessible. It is on the second floor of a warehouse, up a flight of stairs. It is a small venue, 24 seats, specially created for this short run. This show is not intended for children or anyone under 16 years of age. This is a sophisticated evening of marvels and mysteries for adults. 
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The Astonify Show is a theatrical recreation of a Victorian Parlor Magic performance combined with a full light Spirit Seance. Both, Parlor Magic and Seances were popular in the 19th Century. This combination has rarely been seen since.

The performance is interactive. Audience members are encouraged to participate. After-all, the phenomenon is more fun (and potentially more unnerving) when you experience it firsthand. You’ll enjoy a pleasant evening of entertainment….with a spooky edge.

For smaller venues, Carnegie will feature more close-up style effects, and a short Trumpet Seance straight out of the Seance Parlors of the 19th Century! For larger venues, Carnegie will feature more thought reading and the celebrated and rarely seen Cabinet of Spirits. This mystery was first made popular by the American Medium, Anna Eva Fay, way back in the late 1800s. The Cabinet of Spirits is just as astonishing today, as it was when your great great great grandparents first witnessed it!

We’d ultimately like to find a permanent venue for The Astonify Show, so if you know of a place or are interested , let us know!

Special Note: This show is not intended for children or anyone under 16 years of age. This is a sophisticated evening of marvels and mysteries for adults.

ANNOUNCING: There is a NEW version of the show in the works. This is specifically for the HOLIDAYS.  Please click here for more info.

Starring Dean Carnegie

You might think of Carnegie as a genuine traveler through time. Born in the 20th Century, he spends most of his time in the 19th Century, but in order to bring the Astonify Show to you, he must journey to the 21st Century!

Carnegie is a full time illusionist and creator of theatrical mysteries. He has had the privilege of performing at the White House on four different occasions. He has performed at the famous National Theatre in Washington D.C. This is the same theatre that saw the debut performance of John Wilkes Booth, and hosted Barnum’s Jenny Lind Tour in 1850. Carnegie  continues to travel the country and beyond sharing his fantastic brand of magic.

Along with his performing abilities he enjoys the history of magic and show business. He often presents lectures on conjurers of the past, or in other words, his friends.

Featuring Ava Starr

Ava Starr is a real life medium. But she thinks of herself as an accidental medium, as Ava never intended to communicate with spirits. Rather, they found her to be an ideal subject to speak to and speak through.

Besides her ‘other worldly’ abilities, she is also a renowned vocalist as well as being the chief performing partner for Carnegie.

In her off hours, she finds solace in floral design and witnessing the wonders produced by that incredible invention, the cinematograph. She believes that one day these ‘flickers’ will be all the rage with the general populace.

Featuring Clementine DeVille

The newest addition to the show, Clementine serves as our hostess and also Ava Starr’s understudy.

She is currently training to be a spirit medium herself.  It is rumored that she has worked with William Fay, Sir William Crookes, as well as Ms. Katie King. She continues her education by reading many of the best 19th Century books on Spirits by Henry Ridgely Evans, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and others.

Clementine DeVille aspires to one day be a noted Opera Singer, though to date, no one has heard her sing a note.

"Fun, Mystifying, Attention Grabbing!"

“Fun, Mystifying, Attention Grabbing! Our group thoroughly enjoyed seeing Dean Carnegie’s Astonify Show, and could not stop talking the various tricks he did. Dean was a pleasure to work with and easy to coordinate with. We look forward to seeing the show again!”
Erin Clark, Executive Director
Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail

"Terrific Performance"

“You gave a terrific performance, witty, colorful and fun as well as magical and confounding. How DID you do that??!!

In addition, you were not just easy to deal with offstage, but relaxed genial and pleasant. You make a good team, and you put on a wonderful show!” Dr. Donn B. Murphy, President National Theatre Washington D.C. 

The Astonify Show is produced by DAC Productions & Carnegie Magic

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19th Century Mail: Dean Carnegie/Astonify Show P.O. Box 359 Centreville, VA 20122

To Learn More About Carnegie: www.CarnegieMagic.com

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