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This article was published 3/7/2019 (478 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The worst-case scenario at the foundation of magic show Worst Case Magic involves illusionist Brett Sparks (Winnipeg’s Brett Hogan), who is on the hook to perform his show without any of his props, which are held up in customs.
The pared-down illusions performed by Hogan and his assistant (Calvin Hamel) are impressive, but part of what makes magic so fun is the crowd reaction. With a small daytime audience of no more than 20 people, nothing felt as grand as it should have. A packed evening performance would likely make each trick feel infinitely more exciting.
However, Hogan needs to slow down his delivery. The expected 45-minute show was completed in a very fast 30; those extra minutes could be used to better explain the illusions, better explain instructions to volunteer participants and make it easier for the audience to follow along.
From the Fringe program:
World-famous illusionist Brett Sparks brings his show to the Winnipeg Fringe. Or rather, lack thereof. After a successful tour in Zanzibar, Brett's props have yet to return. They haven't cleared customs! So what does an illusion show look like without illusions? Brett and his stagehand better figure it out fast! After all, the show must go on and he's under contract! Acts from Worst Case Magic have been performed for a sold-out audience at the Winnipeg Circus Club Annual Showcase! Produced by Trick-E-Productions and Hogan's Circus.
Show Length: 45 minutes
Suggested Audience: General
211 Bannatyne Ave.
Seating Capacity: 120
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 10:45 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 9:15 PM
Mon, Jul 22, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 3:45 PM
Thu, Jul 25, 2019 – 9:00 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 5:15 PM
Sun, Jul 28, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:49 PM CDT: Adds review
12:24 AM: Adds assistant's name
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