Thursday, June 9, 2016

Magic and Mayhem at the Fringe.

The magic show opened with a single spotlight on stage illuminating a fluffy white bunny named ChaChing,  who sniffed the air from it's perch. Large panels were used to make the band members of Fretless Rock appear magically on stage. Being seated in the front row on the far side of house right, I could see the high heels peak out from behind the moving panel, kind of destroying the illusion.

Michelle Jones formed Fretless Rock in 2008. Elizabeth Chaconas performed on viola and the ever smiling Yamilet Trujillo performed on the electric cello. the magicians were James Songster and Joshua Songster. The magic was straight forward slight of hand. An audience member was called up on stage and asked to pick a card from a deck of cards. She accidentally showed the magician the card when he asked her to show it to the audience. The magicians never spoke instead relying on over the top. I've to get their points across. The music from the strings added a nice backdrop for each act. The volunteer had to write her name on the card since she had slipped up and let the magician see the card. Somehow the card ended up inside one of the green helium balloons. Which she had to pop with a needle.

Overall, this was a fun family friendly show. The musicians got to play along and become part of each trick. Elizabeth was used for her sex appeal and Yamilet played the coy smiling innocent of the group. The only person who ever spoke was Michelle who asked the audience to sing along if they knew the words to the song they were about to perform. ChaChing managed to steel every scene he was in.

You can catch Magic and Mayhem on the first Friday of every month at Fat Fish Blue at Orlando Improv, 9101 International Drive Orlando Fl. Tickets are $10 and dinner and drinks are available for purchase. Call (4070 480-5233 for a reservation.

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