A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
No smoke but the room is on fire with possibility
Have you been searching through the Melbourne Magic Festival line-up trying to decide which show might weave the best spell? Sceptic or true believer, you are sure to be enchanted if you grab yourself a ticket to the Richard Vegas show No Smoke No Mirrors.
Magic is all about illusion, right? Most people expect to spend the whole performance trying to outsmart and figure out how they are being lied to. The title No Smoke No Mirrors holds the first clue that here, you just might find something that runs deeper than a trick bathed in the sheen of believability. Magic has nowhere to hide when honesty reigns the stage.
The stage props help transport you back in time and through a portal of commanding narrative you go. Vegas just might have stolen the key to the Tardis. Hanging on his every word, my eyes were wide with wonder. Anything becomes possible when faced with the bizarre nature of the truth. Here you will find a show structured by intelligence, not just the glue of 'wham' and 'kazam'.
This show will suit an older audience as younger kids may wiggle in the silence as adults are rendered speechless. Vegas just must be able to read minds, it is the only conclusion you can and will reach.
Words and numbers will fly all over the place, popping their heads up again in the unlikeliest of places. The audience is engaged in the process as randomly dispersed participants each cling tightly to their piece of a masterfully juggled puzzle. In the final moments, you are left with that perfect climactic feeling sought in a magic show, that of utter confoundedness.
See this show and you will walk away with so much more than a preoccupation with the riddle of how it was done. Richard Vegas is a skilled storyteller with a charismatic presence. You won't forget the stories he tells you as the distant strains of gypsy violins twinge the edge of your ears. You'll have loads to recount to friends in the coming weeks.
The MC Showroom is the perfect setting to be bewitched by magic. You'll slip in a back door and up some stairs to another realm. There are just no excuses to miss No Smoke and No Mirrors. Book your ticket today!