First – a word to the wise. If you like the idea of going on stage and watching a magic show, get tickets for the first dozen or so rows of seats.
You may then be able to watch card tricks in close-up, or choose a card at random and challenge the magician to produce it, which is relatively safe and fun. But you might just be challenged to lie down on a bed of nails, or be told to stay still while sharp knives whistle close to your fear-frozen flesh.
Just once on our QPAC opening night did a malfunctioning "hidden" door reveal itself, and some of us were positioned at just the right angle to see how the lady disappeared. But not, may I add, to see how later in the show she re-appeared, apparently out of thin air.
Mind-reading – with a blind-folded lady on stage working out what you have in your hand-bag or what brand of car you drive; card tricks combined with disappearing and reappearing coins; gravity -defying juggling; and a straight jacket escapologist who has seconds to get free before his petrol soaked trousers catch on fire, and all while he is hanging upside-down. All of this and more is on the bill of fare.
It's fun, bewildering, engaging, entertaining and very well presented. Last year they had a compere with a wicked wit. He wasn't here this year – each act led into the next, with a turn of the last century theme.
But, judging by the well-merited standing ovation, no-body felt short-changed.
This is family friendly entertainment, presented by world class entertainers.