The May edition on Melbourne’s Magic Night started with a chilly atmosphere indeed… but very quickly a horde of magic fans descended on Wesley Anne and warmed up the archaic theatre ready for another big night of magic and mischief.
Lee Cohen hosted the night and, in true magic style, produced a snow white dove from thin air to set the pace for the night.
Dazzling Dan was next with magic that especially delighted the youngsters in the front as silks changed colour, a banana appeared and three very floppy wands of varying lengths became the same size in a way that would give even the most seasoned Professors nightmares.
Ventriloquist Sarah Jones took the stage without a dummy but with some hilarious stories of her latest adventures. (See more in her Melbourne Magic Festival show ‘Talking to Yourself’). In the end we were introduced to her buddy Dennis the Tennis Ball and a little x-rated ball on ball action!
Young magician and Australian Champion, David Chandler was up next with a very confident presentation of the Cups & Balls. Nicely executed and very entertaining.
Tim Ellis then hosted the first of two MagicSports games for the night – this one called ‘Interview’. The aim of the game was to get as many blatant plugs for your show into an interview as you can. Perfect with The Melbourne Magic Festival coming up as everyone will be out trying to promote their shows. Nick Kesidis went first as he tried to promote himself on a gardening show. Then it was Nicholas Johnson plugging his new book on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. His coccyx will never be the same…
Tim finished the first half with his well known ‘Six Card Rap’.
Lee brought us back with her amazing mind reading rabbit – yes, he really did find the chosen card!
Nick Kesidis was back, this time performing a new effect he’s been working on for the last five weeks which involved a spectators thought of card visually appearing in an empty clear box. Nice.
Lee gave a brief talk on make-up for stage using David Chandler as a face model, (more information was shared after the show as people sessioned into the early hours) then it was Josh Staley performing a piece from his upcoming Melbourne Magic Festival show ‘Intrigued’ (blatant plug!)
Tim Ellis returned to host the final MagicSports game for the night. He had collected “emotions” from the audience during the break and Nicholas Johnson, Nick Kesidis and Lee Cohen all played the very challenging game ‘Emotional Rollercoaster’ with hilarious results!
It was another great night of magic and fun, over too soon, but don’t be sad because the next Melbourne Magic Night isn’t far away and have we got a sensational line up for you in the big Melbourne Magic Festival preview show!!!