Master of Delusions: All the Best review by Annie March

I didn’t know card tricks could have me laughing so hard, but that is what happened as I somehow ended up giving my number to a magician in a bookstore on a Friday night. And yes, the queen of hearts was my card.

Review of May 10 performance, by Annie March

Master of Delusions: All the Best is showing at 6pm and 8pm on May 10, 17 and 24. For more information and to book visit: https://anywhere.is/listings/delusions/.

I didn’t know card tricks could have me laughing so hard, but that is what happened as I somehow ended up giving my number to a magician in a bookstore on a Friday night. And yes, the queen of hearts was my card.

Master of Delusions: All the Best is here to show you everything you didn’t know you hated about magic shows. Forget over-the-top showmanship and cheap gimmicks. Aaron Ducker brings an authenticity and self-deprecating humour that has you laughing at all the ‘wrong’ moments.

The show takes place at Books@Stones, and the intimate venue catered well to Aaron’s style of performing. The venue has a capacity of 20, which just added to the intimate feel.

Above all, it takes a strong performer to entertain an audience single handedly for an hour, but that’s what Aaron did. Card tricks were his specialty and every trick had the audience amazed and laughing at his witty commentary.

As with most magic shows, audience participation is a big part of the show, so don’t get too comfortable in your seat. I was chosen twice, and it really added to the whole experience.

Not your typical magic show

Aaron does not even try to conceal his costume changes, but instead keeps all illusions in front of your face. Even going through how he did some tricks. He strips back the classic format of a magic show and hilariously and somewhat carelessly breaks the magician’s golden rule, to not reveal their secrets. And it somehow makes the tricks all the more impressive.

This is Aaron’s third time performing as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. In this show he combines the best of his previous shows, and brings some new material to the stage. Whether you like magic shows or not, this authentic satirical performance will have you laughing along.

Where can you see Master of Delusion: All the Best?

Master of Delusions: All the Best is running until 28 May with two shows a night at 6pm and 8pm. The show does contain some mild coarse language and suggestive themes.