Big Brother fans will remember Reeves from the 2014 series of the show; controversial because he started an on-air relationship with fellow contestant Cat Law. Big Brother has provided Reeves with a springboard to launch his on-stage career as a magician with Genuinely Impossible.
Lawson Reeves (centre) chews the fat with audience members Eileen and James
While Genuinely Impossible is notionally a magic show, it is so much more than that. It is a cleverly scripted and produced show in which Reeves not only very capably executes a series of magic tricks, but also delivers an hour of patter heavily spiced with comedy and an understated sense of showmanship.
His self-effacing style is charming and helps to quickly engage the audience and have them on side. While Reeves very clearly states at the outset, with much emphasis, 'magic.is.not.real.people', it seems real enough and we are left scratching our heads over knots that 'magically' shake out, cards (and ice creams) that turn up in unexpected places, and a magic plunger that can pick up cards in amazing ways.
Magic is not real... but how did that page get there?
It is a polished and confident performance by Reeves - so much so that when there is the odd minor slip up along the way, it almost seems as if it was a scripted flaw ('always have your contingency plan ready, folks!'), as he seamlessly moves on. The performance is nevertheless flexible enough to allow some improvisation, particularly when it comes to audience participation. (And be warned, there is quite a LOT of audience participation; but don't let it put you off, it's very light-hearted and not too demanding.)
The show has been well thought through, even to the extent of visual aids. For example, to ensure audience members do not miss out on the finer details of some of Reeves' card tricks, performed seated at a table, the segment is displayed on a large screen visible to all.
A thoroughly enjoyable show - an hour of pure entertainment
Overall, this is a thoroughly enjoyable show which left us smiling. Five-star entertainment and highly recommended.
Tickets are $32 full, $28 concession. Last night's performance was close to a sellout, so please make sure you secure your tickets in advance. Click here to buy your tickets online, or call the box office on (03) 9663 8107.
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