This show was in a boutique theatre as part of the Magic Festival held at the Northcote Townhall. To enable all of the audience to get a close up view of the cards, they were shown on a large TV screen.
Magic always makes me suspicious and so I was alert to find any tricks of distraction or illusion. My friend even looked under the poker table for God only knows what - but she found nothing. Somehow the suspense was building when the door was shut. Given that every deck has several thousand possible combinations I am in awe of how he won every hand.
The show begins with some storytelling of which I really enjoyed. I noticed that the audience was absolutely silent and that this fascination continued for the whole show. Those around me were clearly also enjoying the tales that were told about famous card sharps. Of course a magician never tells his secrets but he did reveal that psychology, love and luck all play a part in the lives of successful poker players.
I learned about bottom dealing… it's not what you think and there were spontaneous applause during the show. An audience member sitting next to me said out loud (three times at the end of the trick) 'That's just crazy'.
Tim Ellis Alice managed to create a comical magic show that kept his audience curious and delighted throughout. It's a short 45 minute show that will command your complete attention the whole way through.
The final comment of my new companion was that he liked the quirkiness and found it to be generally amazing.
The final question is: do the odds stacked up in favor of seeing this unique magic show? … and the answer is they sure do. This is exceptional value for just $28 per adult.
So are you a player? Do you like to beat the odds? Are you all in when the chips are down? Then be sure to catch to Ellis's show full house… It'll explain why he would be banned from every casino on the planet.
Tim Ellis also returns as the The Mad Hatter on June 29-July 11. Reputed as one of Australia's top children's entertainers, his fast paced show actively engage the audience. This fun family magic show promises to be filled with fun and impossible magic only found in Wonderland.
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