Magic, mysticism and mentalists at Dickens theatre

John StetsonJohn StetsonWhat is it about magic that draws people in, regardless of age, background, or personality? Is it the allure of the mysterious, of the unknown? Is it the attraction of darkened theaters, thick velvet curtains and buttered popcorn? The promises of knowledge about the future; miracles spun under the fingers of witty wizards?

Maybe all of these factors play a part, but perhaps what truly entices people is the notion that, if just for a moment, they can believe in the impossible. Minds can be read. Objects can disappear. Anything one can dream becomes irresistibly within reach.

Dickens Parlour Theatre — and the host of world-renowned expert magicians who travel to perform there — offers the chance to make dreams of the impossible come true. In an enchanting Victorian theater, both adults and children are astonished and mystified daily. And, this week, a truly special act is coming to the theater.

Jon Stetson — otherwise known as “America’s Master Mentalist” — is performing in the Dickens Parlour Theatre on Aug. 2-7, ready to not only blow minds, but to read them. A man capable of baffling even the most skeptical crowd, Stetson is known for his signature mixture of magic and psychology used to predict the unknowable.

His expertise led to his being hired as a consultant for the CBS television show “The Mentalist,” and with clients as prestigious as U.S. presidents (three!), Moroccan and Swedish royalty, and hundreds of enormous corporations, Stetson knows how to expertly interact with the audience and produce a jaw-dropping show.

In addition, he comes armed with a sharp sense of humor that’s sure to entertain adults and children alike. Stetson proves with each intelligent, funny performance, that magic is never boring, no matter one’s age.

Companies that he’s performed for rave about him long after he’s left the building. A managing partner from New York Life said, “We can’t decide what it is you do best. Some say you’re a great mind-reader. Some say you’re a great comedian, and others say you’re an incredible entertainer. What I do know for certain is that you amazed and entertained us completely, and we are a tough crowd to please.”

From Wednesday, Aug. 2, to Monday, Aug. 7, Stetson will perform at 9 p.m. each night. After each show, a magician meet-and-greet will be held in the Parlour, so audience members can get to know Stetson and have some up-close magical fun.

For more information about Stetson, visit For more information about the theater, the magicians appearing there or to buy tickets, go to Tickets are also sold from the box office, which can be reached at (302) 829-1071. Dickens Parlour Theatre is located at 35715 Atlantic Avenue, Millville, and is open at 6 p.m. every night during the summer. During the rest of the year, shows are held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.