Stepping in to the Royal Australian Automobile Club, you step back in time a little. This beautiful heritage listed building is the perfect venue for The Gentleman Magician: A Magical Soirée.
You are greeted with a glass of champagne and canapés – this is how all shows should start. The show is aptly named, this is not just a smoke and mirrors, rabbit-out-of-the-hat, magic show nor is it the ‘spectacular-style’ magic show – buildings do not vanish, no-one levitates and women are not cut in half, “I’ve only mastered the first half of that trick, Bruce quips”. This is a relaxed conversational show, it is story telling with magic as the punch line.
For me, it was the story telling that sets this show apart from the rest. Bruce Glen weaves a narrative throughout the show that entertains. Truth and fiction subtly woven together. But its not just the story, there is a philosophy woven within. Advice on making the most of life and enjoying its magic. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. He who can no longer pause to wonder is as good as dead.” – Albert Einstein
This is not a cheap evening, some may balk at the $80 per head charge, but once you factor in a glass of champagne and the lovely canapé’s, it is about the same price as most other higher end independent shows in town and cheaper than the big shows. This is a night different from your ordinary theatre-night out. My recommendation is to add a bit more magic to the night – Dress up, head out for dinner beforehand (we dropped in to the Sir Stamford for a wonderful pre-show dinner and wine) and follow Roald Dahl’s advice, ‘Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it’
Lynden Jones – Theatre now and Talking Arts
to 28th Oct 2016