It's always great to see the suburbs embracing the festival atmosphere of Melbourne. It's not uncommon for places like Thornbury and Northcote, thus I was interested to see the Melbourne Magic Festival at the Northcote Town Hall.
Instead of just showing tricks you've seen before, he makes you think about a different side of them - questioning how things are possible and what are the illusions?
He mixes this with audience participation and some comedic elements. My friend was even chosen at one point and still is unsure as to how she accidentally performed magic on stage.
Glitches in Reality - image from the Melbourne Magic Festival website
After the show she was even asked by a fellow audience member if she was a "plant" in the audience - she denied said allegations, still confused.
Another smart aspect of the show was when Simon revealed the secret behind a card trick to those who wanted to know - but still kept it secret for those who didn't want to know. Having two different points of view, this part used audience participation in quite a different way.
He ended the show with another unique aspect - a gallery of "impossible objects" - objects challenging our perception of reality.
To add to this the Northcote area has a nice vibe, full of places to eat and lively bars. There were even curry and coffee food trucks outside the hall that night. It's a perfect night out and not an expensive one either, suitable for all ages!