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New Zealand-based David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache offer up a wildly watchable bag of tricks in this hybrid performance, which combines awe-inspiring illusionism with some twisty narrative surprises.
The show follows the pair as they electrify Victorian New Zealand with their mix of legerdemain, mesmerism and psychic powers. (Not to mention the blood-curdling danger of "The Possum Trap.") It’s a clever scenario: Ladderman and Tollemache are able to dazzle us with a show of the Alexanders’ magic, while simultaneously exploring the curious 19th-century combo of pseudo-science and spiritualism that underlies it.
The setup also makes for plenty of live-action suspense, with the exquisite precision of Tollemache and Ladderman’s work balanced by the anything-can-happen feel that comes from audience participation. (And yes, anyone sitting is the first few rows should prepare to be "volunteered.")
— Alison Gillmor