Thursday October 31, 2013 / 7:00pmThe World of Paradox
How was your experience?
The performer was absolutely gracious, engaging and sincere, and put his heart and soul into the show. That said, he appeared to be quite nervous and tense. The "paradox" of his performance was that he was at once exceptionally gracious and inviting, while his body movements were severe, nearly rigid and and overly theatrical. His best routine was "The Miser's Dream..." We wanted to love him--and "him" we loved--but the gravity and seriousness with which he presented the simple, intimate classic routines was with a theatricality WAY too grand for such an intimate setting. Close up magic is an art distinct from grand illusion, and confusing the two can be unsettling for the audience. I say this with full support for his skill, and with the hopes only that this is seen as encouragement as he moves forward...