Imagine going out for an evening of magic, and on the same bill are the names Eugene Burger, Tina Lenert and Max Maven. Any one of those names alone is enough to ensure a fine evening's entertainment. This week, these three wonderful performers are appearing together in the Palace of Mystery at the Magic Castle.
Going in, one certainly would expect only the best – after all we are talking about three great acts. However, what is presented is a single, seamless piece of theater the likes of which I have never seen in my 21 years as a member of the Castle, or in 36 years of watching magic. Oh sure, I've been fortunate to see several great acts together on the same stage. I recall nearly a decade ago, Max Maven and Lance Burton graced the same stage at the Castle. And there have been other “great weeks” at the Castle as well, and not to mention a few incredible lineups at a few conventions over the years. But nothing the likes of this. Perhaps the last time three exceptionally talented individual performers worked together like this was in the days of Le Roy, Talma and Bosco.
“Together” is the key word. It is not a matter of one performing their act and then moving on to the next (which would have been terrific). No, this show is a true work of theater in one of its purest forms.
For those Castle members who have yet to see the show, do not fret. I will not be describing the show piece by piece. I will not ruin your surprise. To those who will not have the opportunity to see the show, you have my apologies. However, you must understand that even the most illustrative chronicle of what they performed cannot do the show justice. It's not about the “tricks,” it's about the theater. And that is what Mystery Entertainment can be.
Billing themselves as “The Nocturnal Trio,” these three performers accomplish that for which all great theatrical performers strive: taking their audience on a ride through a wide range of emotions. The show is mysterious, astonishing (yes, that's different from “mysterious”), funny, very smart, and yes, even a little sexy. There is even a “warm-fuzzy” moment at the end of the opening piece. The show features not only magic and mentalism, but also music from Tina Lenert and her harp. Somewhere Dai Vernon is smiling, for he always believed that music and magic could be blended together. (And not just as background music. Right again, Professor!)
In a perfect world, it would only be shows such as this that the general public would see and relate to magic and magicians. For the rest of this week, at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, a perfect world exists.
Thanks for your time,