Plays or Musicals that can contain magic

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Tom Smith
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Plays or Musicals that can contain magic

Postby Tom Smith » July 30th, 2014, 3:16 pm

I am searching for plays / musicals that contain, or that can logically contain magic. Of course there is "The Magic Show", as well as magic effects in "Godspell" and "Carnival". I am looking for a possible show that can be a high school presentation with magic props possible bought or borrowed from local magicians. Thanks.

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Re: Plays or Musicals that can contain magic

Postby Q. Kumber » July 30th, 2014, 5:07 pm

While I didn't catch his show Irish magician Shane Gillen recently put on a show in Dublin titled, 'Lapse", which is a play with lots of magic and mindreading. It was a one-man show and I'd imagine pretty personalised.

Some years ago Ali Bongo put me in touch with a university theatre group here in Manchester who were putting on the play, "Further Than the Furthest Thing". There is some magic in it but not using magic props per se. Google it and you will find all sorts of interesting data.

Were I putting on a play using high school students, I'd go for Dracula. If you put on a musical you can always have one of the characters do a few self-working tricks.

When I was in school, one of the teachers put on a Vienese operetta every year just after Christmas. The songs used were pilfered from different operettas (none of which anyone knew anyway) and adapted to suit the ability of the students who were to sing them.

Doing a musical is a good idea as you can have a pretty big cast and if everyone can't have a part, they can be in the chorus. It also means you can use the school orchestra.

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Re: Plays or Musicals that can contain magic

Postby Bill Mullins » July 30th, 2014, 5:37 pm

See here. Several years ago, this school did Steve Martin's play "Zig Zag Woman".

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Re: Plays or Musicals that can contain magic

Postby Tony Baronio » July 30th, 2014, 6:20 pm

The original production of Pippin had some magic in it. It also has the song "Magic To Do".

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Re: Plays or Musicals that can contain magic

Postby Tony Baronio » July 30th, 2014, 6:22 pm

There was also a little magic in the musical "Damn Yankee's".

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Re: Plays or Musicals that can contain magic

Postby John Tudor » July 30th, 2014, 8:25 pm

You might try finding a book called The Magic Play, by Sam Sharpe, published by Magic, Inc. There are loads of examples therein...
"Ars longa, vita brevis." (Life is short, the art so long to learn) -Hippocrates

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