Mark Phillips and I were doing a show in LA this past weekend and fortunately my copy of Genii arrived the day before we had to leave. Thanks to the Genii review of "Laura Comstock's Bag Punching Dog" we were able to see an interesting and fun show. I just want to second the Genii review and encourage you, if you are in LA or heading that way, to go see it.
The magic in it is used to help further the story - it's well presented and well chosen. One of the best lines in the show is when the fellow playing Robert-Houdin (Handsome Jack)says, "I'm dead. Want to see a card trick?"
Not only is the magic good, the story is interesting and the acting is excellent. Some of the singing is a bit iffy, but it's a heck of a lot better than I could ever do (trust me, no one wants to hear me sing!). It's all about the race to invent moving pictures and the magic and wonder of moving pictures at that time.
According to Mark, "people should see this show and ask themselves why most magic does not generate emotions or thought in the same way this show does." (that's a direct quote, he's sitting right here and having a difficult time signing on, so I'm putting this in here for him...I agree with his question though and wish I'd thought of it first)
SO, what we're saying is...GO SEE IT!!! Thanks Genii! :)