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You Can Do Magic

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In his seventh year at the Winnipeg fringe, illusionist Greg Wood is ceding the stage to his young fans. In 45 minutes of theatre magic, Wood plays assistant to a dozen lucky volunteers plucked from the audience. They’re the ones pulling off the tricks, not him.

It’s the best trick of a well-paced, polished show that had a full audience from the very young to tweens on the edge of their seats. Lobbing more than a few dry jokes for parents, Wood’s grasp on kids’ attention spans and imaginations was solid. More than that, his approach shone with the non-patronizing respect for children’s theatre demands.

One particular trick stands out: a live “legend-making” event where a young audience sorcerer coaxes a table to float. Their name is then dropped into a box, where all the names of past conjurers are kept as proof of the supernatural.

Let’s say it together: we can do magic.

— Matt TenBruggencate

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Oonaugh Wood

Cast: Greg Wood

"Polished and professional, Wood has a delightful rapport with his audience and keeps the crowd laughing and smiling right to the end" - Winnipeg Free Press

"The charm of this ever-so-well-done 60-minute act is that the entire family can sit and enjoy the performance together, and that is what families are looking for in a good Kids Fringe show" - CBC

Tickets: $5 for children 12 and under

Audience Classification: Kid Friendly

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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