‘A clever, fast-paced show’ - Review: Champions of Magic
- Credit: theatre royal
I love magic and illusion, and so the chance to see both at the theatre on a rainy Easter Sunday was a chance I jumped at: and I wasn't disappointed.
Our party included a teenager, a seven-year-old, my husband and I and all of us loved something different about this clever, fast-paced show which pulls far more than just a rabbit out of its hat.
Beginning with grand illusion double act Richard Young and Sam Strange, the show rattled through a number of routines from the pair and three other talented performers designed to perplex, amaze and entertain – and what better day to see a range of tricks than on April Fool's Day?
In addition to the double act, there was American close-up magician Kayla Drescher, Mexican illusionist and escapologist Fernando Velasco and Suffolk-born (but a former Norwich resident) Alex McCleer, whose act I liked best, and not just because he hails from the Fine City.
Alex performs incredible cold-reading techniques which are mind-blowing: just how can he tell what a complete stranger is thinking? Or what they WILL be thinking in an hour's time? (You had to be there…). One thing's for sure: he'd be a nightmare to throw a surprise party for.
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Isaac, seven, loved Fernando best with his straitjacket escape from the jaws of death (an evil looking piece of kit that threatened to mince Fernando if he didn't get a wriggle on) while my husband loved the classic illusions which saw Young and Strange sawing ladies in half and Fernando levitating a younger member of the audience while Ruby, 19, was also astonished by Alex.
From our seats, the close-up magic on camera was a little difficult to see and understand but the show is so nimble that there's never long to wait until something new and amazing comes along.
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There's a warmth and humour that runs alongside the magic, light shows, pyrotechnics, circus skills and confetti storms and it makes for a show that really is fun for all the family, even families on gigantic sugar highs after an excess of chocolate eggs. I have just one question: how did Strange manage to shrink Young to half his size? I can't get it out of my head…