New Cabaret Show: Games Night

In March 2023 I premiered by new magic/mindreading show: Games Night.

I have been performing my “Demonstrator of Extra-Sensory Curiosities” cabaret show since 2011 (and I think some elements of that show for even longer), and over that time it has developed into a very good show. It’s perfect for corporate after-dinner shows, theatres; and I’ve performed it at private parties and even at a wedding.

The problem with having a good show is people enjoy it so much that they want to have me back again. Of course, this is a good problem to have, but I don’t want to perform the same show that people saw previously.

I had an idea for a new concept for a show (oh, my shows are more than just a selection of ‘tricks’) about five years ago, but at the time it didn’t make it any further than a collection of scribbled note and ideas; and it lacked a something to bind it together.

Over the Covid lockdown the whole idea got forgotten about, it wasn’t until early 2022 that I saw something that reminded me of the idea of the new show, and it also gave me a way to unite the ideas into a more tightly bound theme.

Around this time I performed by Demonstrator of Extra-Sensory Curiosities show at a theatre in Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire. It went down very well, and soon afterwards they contacted me again to ask if they could book me for the following year. This was the catalyst that forced me to turn those pages of notes into a show: Games Night.

The concept of Games Night is to use my skills as a magician/mind-reader (sleight of hand, memory techniques, psychological reading and hypnotic suggestion) but apply them in a way that is ‘useful’. I’m often asked about cheating at cards, etc, but this aspect is covered in the “Demonstrator” show, as well as various talks I give. This new show allows me to apply those principles, but to the parlour and board games many of us will be familiar with.

This includes such simple games as Noughts and Crosses, which-hand/Spoof, and even Guess Who; through to teaching the audience how to solve a Rubik Cube. And naturally I’ve added a twist at the end. 😉

Both my “Demonstrator of Extra-Sensory Curiosity” and “Games Night” shows work well for corporate events, and also complement a Keynote Talk. (Keynote in the afternoon, and a show in the evening!)

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