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The Suitcase of Wonders: Comedy Magic Show

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A solid, family-friendly magic show featuring Calgarian Ryan Pilling, featuring sleight of hand — be it playing cards or clever ball-and-cup tricks, and even a disappearing $20 bill — all adroitly turned by Pilling. He’s an appealing young performer with a love of corny puns and the air of vaudeville wafting around him.

With the wow-’em finale one expects from any reputable magic show, Pilling impresses. But the pace of these 60 minutes does drag at times. A trick featuring a deck of cards encased in a balloon, some duct tape and a fork doesn’t live up to its promising potential — or not on this day, at least. Audiences shouldn’t have to see a magician work so hard for a trick, unless it’s part of the payoff.

All in all, a nice one for magic fans of all ages by a promising young magician with more than a few tricks up his sleeve.

— Barb Stewart

 

From the Fringe program:

Laugh in the face of impossible odds as magician Ryan Pilling asks the question, "Can we know our own future?" In this fun interactive show, the audience gets their chance to influence the destiny locked within The Suitcase of Wonders.

 

Magic tricks that will make jaws drop, delivered with comedy that will make noses snort. Hijinks will ensue and a good time will be had by all.

 

Featured at Vancouver's Magic Festival and WowFest Magic Arts Festival in Calgary.

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins.

Warnings: None.

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