Mystery. Intrigue. Subterfuge. Young illusionist Jden Redden delivers a dose of all of the above in his theatrical magic show The Expert at the Card Table.
Set in the perfectly fitting historic Noel Lothian Hall nestled behind the Botanic Gardens, Redden harnesses dim lighting, smoke machines and vintage attire to transport audiences back in time to the 1902 Chicago railroads.
Sitting at a rustic half-circle poker table clad with green felt, Redden is surrounded by four packs of cards and a well-loved book titled 'The Expert at the Card Table'. Written by S. W. Erdanase (which is E. S. Andrews backwards), Redden delves into the 100-year print history of the book, which is well-renowned amongst magicians across the globe.
Unlike most magicians who keep their tricks a secret, Redden explains the science behind many of his illusions – he is no ordinary magician, after all. Elements of audience interaction are incorporated, with Redden getting audience members to choose certain cards, thoroughly shuffle decks and even control card dealing to four other members of the crowd.
At the ripe old age of twenty-two, the incredibly talented Redden has been perfecting the art of artifice, ruse and subterfuge for over a decade. Having been featured on the Australian tours with 'The Illusionists' and 'The Naked Magicians', Redden's show was also awarded the BankSA Best Magic of Fringe Weekly Award.