Magic Matinee | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Magic Matinee The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays. Continues through June 1 2013

Folksy, family-friendly, and decidedly small-scale, Sean Masterson's solo show combines lots of tabletop magic with a simple lecture on the prestidigitator's art. Card tricks, rope tricks, and tricks involving knotted scarves, numbered blocks, coins, or a single white cotton glove are punctuated with anecdotes that dwell mainly on the exploits of forgotten master Hermann the Great. It's a herky-jerky, unhip affair. The feats aren't always gracefully set up, they don't often relate clearly to the patter, and there's a time-travel conceit that gets more tortured as the 70-minute performance goes on. Masterson, moreover, should learn ventriloquism if he's going to put a talking dummy in his act. Still, the event has an amiable charm. And sometimes there's magic: when Masterson levitated a table, a precocious little kid in the audience loudly remarked, "That is actually very impressive." —Tony Adler

Price: $13-$16

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