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