[MAGIC/Theatre ~ WORLD PREMIERE ~ SA]
The Bally at Gluttony, Sun 20 Feb.
One Perfect Lie is full of instances of things happening that just shouldn’t be possible. But they do. Via some inexplicable process Tom Weil makes unlikely things happen. I guess that’s what magic is. Weil says some of it can be explained by coincidence – there were TWO young women named Taylor in the audience! – but that’s not the whole story. Unless coincidence is a magic in itself?
Weil does seem to have an unerring ability to guess what people are thinking, detect whether they are lying, or know what card they selected. Either that or he has arranged an incredibly complicated routine with a large number of people before the show to all collaborate with him in a massive show of deceit. But that’s just as implausible.
So how does he do it? How does he know which words people are going to read on a random page in a random book? When asked to think of a favourite place how does he know what you’re thinking? However it’s done, it’s highly skilled and very entertaining.
Lots of audience participation keeps everyone alert thinking ‘will I be next?’ but this same audience participation has a flaw in a masked-up world. Quietly spoken people speaking through a mask from the stage and without a microphone simply does not work. There was a microphone available but they didn’t speak into it.
You can’t fault the content and atmosphere of this delightful show but things seemed a bit messy occasionally. My guess is that Weil is getting used to working on quite a cramped stage. He moves around a lot and there are a lot of props and things didn’t always go smoothly
Nevertheless, thoroughly enjoyable. These kinds of shows always leave you wondering ‘how did they do that’ so there’s lot to talk about and Weil is a very gracious host.
One Perfect Lie continues at The Bally at Gluttony from 8.40pm until Sun 6 Mar.
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