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.
Josh Staley, making you laugh as he steals all your cards
Do you like to play cards? If you act quickly, you can secure yourself a ticket to an awesome game. Always two steps ahead, Josh Staley is not the type of person you would want to play poker with. His intimate shows at The MC Showroom do however allow the audience to feel completely engaged in the show. Josh sits down with the audience as he would a group of friends. His easy charm wins you over in the first five seconds and his sense of humour keeps you constantly entertained.
Why brave the weather to see this show. You have so much fun at Josh's shows, that you don't want them to end. Expect to feel miffed and disoriented. A person who concentrates may aspire to keep track of his sleight of hand but you will never be successful. There is just too much going on in Josh's mind to ever read it, he will, however, read yours many times over.
The Experience Josh's sales pitch is unrepeatable moments in time. These were certainly forecast in the weather last night. Walking towards Clifton street, an indecisive breeze and the smell of rain spoke of electricity to come.
Make yourself at home The card table was set up near the bar, so there were plenty of drinks and snacks to make the audience comfortable. Two varieties of mixed nuts, assorted chocolates and chips, a full bar menu - Everyone felt at ease.
As cold shoulders relaxed, everyone prepared themselves to disbelieve. Josh is so convincing you soon lose all resolve. What is going on? But how? is the blank statement on all lips. One audience member even exclaimed how mad this was going to drive her for the rest of the week. It is a natural human impulse to try and figure things out but the impossible really only is possible when Josh is in the room.
What you need to bring Well, last night a poncho and umbrella would have helped. It is warm in the MC showroom but rug up for the travel there. Most importantly you need to bring your memory. In the glowing light, it is hard to hold onto any card you might be asked to remember but never fear - Josh will find it for you.
Josh has two shows running until Saturday. Definitely, buy a ticket to both if you can. One show is just not enough and by the second, you have got to know other audience members and it is just like hanging out with a group of friends. The Conjurer at the Card Table starts at 7.15pm. It is a hook because hanging out with Josh is quite addictive. You just never know where anything is going to end up. Josh is a gifted storyteller, psychologist, comedian and conjurer.
The Conjurer at the Card Table - 7.15pm As conjurer in the first show, he both astounds and confounds. His sense of humour is a disarming asset and completely distracting. This show is perhaps slightly more magically serious but then whether it is hidden beneath a joke or in a lemon, Josh's Magic never misses one beat of brilliance.
The Comedian at the Card Table - 9pm This relaxed second half is full of unforgettable shared moments that will make you laugh and gasp in admiration at the same time.
The moments pass all too quickly and you leave savouring the experience.
What you take away
If your teen wants to stay for both, you totally have to let them. Sleep is a purposeless interruption to this amount of inspiration. Josh said as a child, he was inspired by cards so he decided to master this area of magic, and one day he might be an inspiration. He most certainly is that - a figure any aspiring young magician can definitely look up to.
I have now seen Josh on three separate occasions and at any drop of the hat, I would pay to see him again. His parting request is that you tell your friends the best story of the experience. I certainly have many astounding and confusing impressions to relate. As I try to put these into words I have to stop and ask myself -but how would anyone believe me? I spent the evening definitely in some weird dream that I assume Josh was controlling. I don't know what you will think or choose if you go to see Josh's show but I'm confidant Josh has already written it on a big white card.