Champions Of Magic features original magic that cant be seen anywhere else, from illusions with supercars, an escape from Houdinis water torture cell, levitation above the stage and a finale beyond explanation. Opens Dec 19 and runs to Jan 6, Wed-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 & 5 pm (shows added see website for more dates and times). $59-$125.
Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca
The absence of a director for this two-hour-plus magic show means some of the segues are awkward and theres a lack of momentum. But that shouldnt detract from the half-dozen eye-popping tricks everything from death-defying escape routines (by Fernando Velasco) and sleight-of-hand card tricks (by Kayla Drescher) to some mind-boggling mentalism work by the shows standout star, Alex McAleer. At this time of year there are other, far less entertaining ways to make money disappear from your wallet.
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Location - Bluma Appel Theatre