Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Overall rating: ★★★★ Date attended: 05/03/2019
When you think of science and magic individually, you think of them as being polar opposites, where one has solid facts and hard evidence backing up what they report, and the other leaves you questioning and wondering how the impossible is made possible right in front of you. Bring them together and (after you momentarily feel like your brain is going to explode) you get a show called Vanishing Point by Kevin Quantum.
Quantum is not only a magician, but also a research scientist from Edinburgh, who demonstrated a deep passion towards both his interests throughout his show. Incorporating a mix of these two very contrasting yet ironically complementary elements into his show, Quantum created something that would heavily challenge your senses to its absolute limit and make things vanish on stage, leaving the audiences gasping in disbelief. "WTF" and "How?" were regularly echoing through The Factory, as Quantum took us on a quest to ignite our senses at the expense of others.
Seeing how our focus today is primarily governed by smartphones and technology, Quantum aimed to address this issue by getting his audiences to be thoroughly engrossed in his show, by cleverly crafting vanishing acts by getting us to turn our attention to certain items, leaving the others up in the air (literally and metaphorically speaking). Throughout the hour-long show, Quantum was able to balance out his ability to perform magic in a way that tricks your attention and focus, with the power of science underlying it, and used anecdotes to explain unsolved mysteries, such as infamous reputation of the Bermuda Triangle 'swallowing' airplanes, ships, and even people, thereby making them vanish in thin air (literally). Basing his show around this concept, some audiences were given a truly immersive experience of what it would be like to be in the triangle.
One of the best inventions I've ever seen made an appearance in Quantum's show last night. The harmonic pendulum created by Quantum is almost as hypnotizing to watch in motion, as it is to see it unleash its potential in a way that was dangerous yet pleasing. Encompassing cannon balls that weighed a fairly sizeable amount, this was the star of the show that will be memorable for all the right reasons. This was a point in the show, where I was genuinely concerned for Quantum's safety, but thanks to the power of gravity, excellent engineering, and Quantum's not-so-secret-superpower to defy it all, he was able to create a heart-stopping grand finale that left us with a jaw-dropping end to a fantastic show.
While there were the typical appearances of magic-inducing props involving cards and coins, Quantum was able to add some individuality and uniqueness to his show, through his creative finesse to trick people's minds, bring in his passion for science and crisscross it with magic to put together a show that left us in the audience gobsmacked for all the right reasons! Injecting humor and lightheartedness through his personality that resonated with equal parts cheekiness, likeability, and intellect, Quantum was able to deliver a show that was wholesome, educational, and fun. You wouldn't think of magic and science going hand in hand, and yet, with Quantum's background in physics and his innate ability to trick the audience by supercharging some senses over the other, he is able to produce a show that leaves you wondering how it is all possible (if at all).
Kevin Quantum: Vanishing Point will be performing at the Garden of Unearthly Delights till March 17, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.