Miracle Max: Illusions of Grandeur : life always needs that little bit of mystery

Miracle Max: Illusions of Grandeur
Location: Spriet theatre
By Steve Seguin
Directed by Travis Bailie
Presented by Agile Rabbit Theatre  
Featuring: Steve Seguin
June 8th, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., June 9th, 9 - 10:00 p.m., June 10th, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., June 13th,  6 - 7:00 p.m., June 15th, 9:30 - 10:30 p.m., June 16th, 2 - 3:00 p.m.
Running time: 60mins

Promo material states, “Once highly sought after in the world of corporate entertainment, Miracle Max performed his greatest trick when he suddenly disappeared three years ago. Come see his miraculous reappearance in a rare public performance, where magic meets theatre in a dazzling display of sleight of hand, illusion and off-beat comedy.”

Miracle Max has created a performance filled with illusions of grandeur with favorites like a glass of water appearing from nowhere, classic card tricks, feats of escape and the popular silver rings. He uses the audience participation to pull off some impressive ‘mind reading’ tricks such as knowing the name of your childhood friend or pet. (How many can say they could have guessed ‘Chico’ as someone’s pet?) He uses his sense of taste to guess which drink you have taken a sip from or visualize and reproduce a picture you have just drawn. I was pulled into this trick and drew a single palm tree on an island with water surrounding, ‘m’ birds and a sun in the sky (I admit I was trying to make it difficult). It was pretty cool to see Miracle Max was able to draw the same image without seeing what I had created.

It was a fun-filled hour that consisted of several tricks presented in an off-beat manner and lots of humor. There are moments that leave you wondering if this guy is a joke – then as soon as you question this, Miracle Max performs an illusion that leaves you wondering “how on earth…?” How many magicians use a visual aid consisting of pie graphs and charts during their magic show? My favorite use of this was in the middle of a trick – an image briefly catches your eye as “You just proved advertising works…call 1- 888 - …” out of nowhere pops up on the side screen.

The greatest Illusion of Grandeur was not seen in any of the tricks. It was in the story that was woven into the hour about his family history filled with magicians and the ongoing support of his sister. A sister who spent the summer he had a broken leg entertaining him with basic magic tricks and a passion that then started to pursue his own magic.

He reveals more than just a few tricks… he reveals how his focus was always on work instead of family – busy surrounding himself with illusions every day. How the best part, “is that you can do miracles while on stage”…and then he closes the show with a somber thought “that the worst part is when you’re off stage – you can’t.” He takes us behind the illusion of Miracle Max to reveal to the audience – a very real Steve.

This performance gives the audience more than just a magic show… and that is the best trick of them all.

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Trish West is preparing for a busy weekend reviewing as Fringe quickly approaches June 5-16th. She is excited to have the opportunity to join Elgin Theatre Guild doing something new while bringing their previous show Old Love by Norm Foster to London Sept 19 - 21st at The Arts Project and will be jumping in right after to join AlvergoRoot's production of Press Cuttings by Bernard Shaw Oct 30-Nov 2nd. This summer Trish will be busy creating art pieces to be used as the adjudicator's awards in this year’s London One Act Festival November 4-10, 2013. Plans for her own play Skin Deep are well underway and she is continually amazed at the support and interest that is gathering while preparing it to take the stage at TAP Mar 31- April 5th, 2014.

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