23rd March, 19:30pm
I always tell people that the reason I love going to gigs so much is because it makes me forget about college deadlines, and other stressful/stupid things that I have to deal with, for a few hours. This also applied with The Impossible Show. I am a massive fan of magic; of watching it, not practicing it ( I don’t have the patience for that), and the other night I had the pleasure of going watching it live! Something I have never had the chance of doing before.
I was really excited as I already knew who two of the acts on were, Ben Hart, and Chris Cox from BBC Three show Killer magic. So I was so happy to be going watching them live.
I’d already seen amazing reviews about the show as well, so I thought I knew what to expect, but I really didn’t.
The show began as a history lesson through the years of magic! The first act of the night was Josephine Lee, doing a witchcraft trick, which was very scary, I felt my heart beating rapidly for this part of the show, Josephine was strapped to a wooden table and a curtain was drawn in front of her, next thing a bed of spikes drops on to her, and when the curtain is drawn open she is revealed as fine. Obviously I knew she wasn’t going to be dead, but the suspension of disbelief kicks in, and the way the illusion was performed was terrifying and so entertaining. There isn’t many female magicians/illusionists out there, so she is a massive role model for young ladies! Her illusions were absolutely amazing.
Ben Hart was next to grace the stage with his presence, doing a trick by taking three rings from audience members, and making them link together! I found Ben very impressive, I already knew what he was capable of doing, but he still managed to amaze me. His Electricity trick was one of my favourite tricks of the night! It was truly shocking..Ha. I literally can’t stop thinking about that. He also performed a rope trick where he involved a very excited & cute 6 year old from the audience, and made him believe that he was performing the trick, very, very funny and cute! Ben is one to look out for!!
The art of distraction was a fun bit of the show, performed by Lee Thompson, where he brought up an audience member and stole things out of their pockets without them knowing, very funny! He had a really quirky and entertaining stage presence and each of his tricks were brilliant too. He did the classic sawing a women in half trick, which was so entertaining, and still baffles me! It’s an illusion that’s done so well!
The show also starred Jonathon Goodwin who was very populour with the audience (mostly ladies), he calls himself The Daredevil, and he sure does it justice! He performed the classic escaping from a straight jacket trick, which was first performed by Harry Houdini, but The Daredevil brought a mad twist to this trick, which involved petrol, a lighter, and a mad blood rush to the head! The most shocking act of the night, and my favourite!
Another favourite of the night, was the Sue Perkins look-a-like, Chris Cox; the mind reader, who can’t read minds! He had a very funny and entertaining stage presence and had the whole audience in stitches. He ‘read’ the minds of audience members, and had everyone baffled as to how he did so! He is definitely one to watch, and putting your head down to avoid eye contact will not get you out of being picked for his tricks, his choosing technique was with a random throwing of a stuffed snake in to the audience. His act is really well done!
Finally the last act of the night was the very brilliant street magician Richard Essien (Magical Bones) his act involved some break dancing to the stage as well! Very entertaining, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a break-dancing magician before. He is very unique and talented with a bright future ahead!
The best thing about the whole show is that it had me constantly saying ‘How did they do that?!’ which is the greatest thing about magic! I so wish I could afford to go again, it was so brilliant.
the show is on until Saturday 26th March, so if you get the chance then make sure you go: tickets