Comedy and magic, magic and comedy. The two are made for one another. Tricks can be hilarious as well as awe-inspiring, and a few laughs can help a magician distract an audience, diverting their attention away from the trick.
David Eliot mixes magic and comedy with aplomb, joking with the audience while spinning out tricks: card tricks, sleight of hand, catching flying objects in ways that would seem impossible.
The Kingston, Ont., native (a fact that elicited a lot of laughs, “Always the appropriate reaction to Kingston) brings his street performance into a stage setting, allowing him to try out new tricks and a fun new setup. His opening trick (which I won’t spoil) was both hilarious and amazing. I spent the rest of the afternoon thinking about the trick, wondering how exactly he did it.
It’s what makes the best magicians, tricks that seem impossible and keep you thinking, keep you running it through in your head.