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Matt Tarrant: Honestly Dishonest

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by JC (subscribe)
I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
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A head scratching night of magic
The 2018 Wonderland Festival played from 22 November to December 2 at the Brisbane Powerhouse, featuring burlesque, circus, music, theatre, comedy and more over 11 nights.

Matt Tarrant, Honestly Dishonest, Wonderland Festival


Over the last three nights, magician and mentalist Matt Tarrant had audiences totally baffled with imperceptible sleight-of-hand (yes, I watched very closely) and head-scratching mind reading tricks.

You may know Matt from his days on the 2017 Australian Survivor series. With a strong strategic and social game, Matt lasted an impressive 51 of the 55 days, finishing 5th. Matt was also known as the 'Puzzle King' of Survivor, as he was never defeated in a puzzle challenge. All clear evidence of an incisive mind, now put to very good use to trick, delude and ultimately entertain you.

During his performance, Honestly Dishonest, the rest of us more humble humans sat in the audience sceptically scratching our heads and thinking "how did he do that". Cleverly, Matt had all the usual suspects covered as part of the act. For example, he dispels the possibility of audience plants with his effective and, in its own right, amusing "Toss the Cat" technique; i.e. audience members toss a toy cat and whoever it lands near is "volunteered".

Matt was both very clever and engaging but surprisingly it was his play of and with the audience that brought real humour to the show. Obviously intent on out-tricking the trickster, many of them seemed to have a bit of an out-of-body experience. As they actively engaged their minds to solve the puzzle at hand their bodies seemed unable to follow simple instructions. It was a bit like watching one of those old foreign films where the dubbing and actions just didn't match up. Matt, obviously used to this bizarre pheromone, played the moment beautifully.

It was all a total hoot to watch, but as the performance progressed, some in the audience became fearful of being reduced to this alien state. They then started pegging the cat as hard as possible to the other side of the theatre, energetically ducking for cover and strategically passing the cat on to reluctant friends or partners (which I am sure made for an interesting drive home). These antics added a touch of danger to the show that left me feeling like I too had made it to day 51 of Survivor; I can now tick that one off my bucket list - thanks Matt.
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Why? Magic
When: November 2018
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Cost: $25 to $30
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