Nelson Illusions

Raue Center for the Arts

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In a Nutshell

Quartet of seasoned magicians utilizes cannons, saws, a jet turbine, and sleight of hand during this 90-minute, family-friendly show

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Promotional value expires Feb 27, 2016. Limit 8/person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem 2/27 for a ticket at venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed; contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

Nelson Illusions

  • 4: number of performers, including Jeff Nelson, Lynn Nelson, Sharii Nelson, and Scott MacNeill
  • 10 feet: the length of the jet turbine, which one of the performers has to escape before being sucked in and spit out somewhere in the Sahara Desert
  • 30,000 pounds: the total weight of all the show’s equipment, including spinning saw blades, sheets of solid steel, and even a cannon
  • 90 minutes: the show’s run-time, and every minute is packed with escapes, sleight-of-hand tricks, and acrobatic feats designed to dazzle fans of all ages

Raue Center For The Arts

When it originally opened in 1929, the Raue Center For The Arts was dubbed "El Tovar," though no one knew what that meant—it was jut a term overheard by one of the venue's founders on a trip to the west coast. Regardless of its meaning (or lack of one), the name seemed to accurately define the theater's elegance, from the star-filled sky of its ceiling to the facades of Spanish buildings lining its walls.

El Tovar drifted into deterioration over the years, undergoing several different monikers as it switched from owner to owner. Luckily, a generous bequest from Crystal Lake resident Lucile Raue led to a much-needed restoration. A two-year renovation left the theater looking as glamorous as it did when it was El Tovar—seats were reupholstered, and every android usher received an oil change.

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    Raue Center for the Arts

    26 N Williams St.

    Crystal Lake, IL 60014


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