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New interactive magic show The Secret Connection | Review

I have spent much of the last thirteen months of Lockdown (it seems a great deal longer!) in trying to avoid ZOOM meetings, but Dr Will Houstoun’s The Secret Connection is far and away the most enjoyable and intriguing 75 minutes I have spent on Zoom or anywhere else for a long time!

The Secret Connection starring Dr Will Houstoun Limited Edition card spread.
The Secret Connection starring Dr Will Houstoun Limited Edition card spread.

Will Houstoun is an academic historian researching the history of conjuring, especially in the Victorian era, but his interactive show is anything but academic. Tickets are limited to 30 per performance so that everyone, if they wish, has a chance to participate, and even “connect” with other members of the audience – but it is not compulsory.

Will has a vocal delivery that is clear and easy on the ear; he is able to describe what he is doing succinctly and quickly draws you into the world of ‘magic’.

One of his very first illusions is Houdini’s disappearing elephant trick, which is as amazing as it was when Houdini first performed it in 1918, and the show then gets even better!

It includes his favourite trick, that of moving coins without touching them – and as a ‘taster’ you can see this being performed on a Sky News interview (www.secretconnection.co.uk).

However, I do not wish to give too much away, so will just say that other illusions include some very clever card tricks (each ticket purchaser is sent a ‘goody bag’ which includes a pack of cards beforehand), all of which have some form of audience participation, so you really do ask yourself “how on earth does he do that”.

The seventy-five minutes, which include a short break, speed by leaving one wanting more. Tickets are £49 for a group of up to four people, and it is suggested that there is a lower age limit of 13.

Very highly recommended!! We all need entertainment in these strange times, and The Secret Connection is just that, as well as being just that little bit different!

5 Star Rating

Review by John Groves

Magic Circle award-winning magician, Dr Will Houstoun, has been performing and studying magic for 25 years and hosts the show, taking audiences on a remarkable journey. The audience will be treated to a selection of magic from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as they experience brand new magic that has never before been possible, unique takes on classic effects, and even mind-reading via Zoom.

Each show will be broadcast live on Zoom from the purpose-built London studio, with the ‘at home audience’ encouraged to turn down the lights, tuck their phones away and immerse themselves in the high-quality theatrical experience before them.

14th April – 15th May 2021
Thursday evenings – 8pm GMT
Friday & Saturday evenings – 7:00pm GMT / 8:45pm GMT
Ticket price: £50 per household (includes a box containing a bespoke limited-edition deck of playing cards along with a selection of items for the show)
Run time: 70 -75mins
https://secretconnection.co.uk/

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  • John Groves

    John Groves studied singing with Robert Easton and conducting with Clive Timms. He was lucky enough to act in the British premiere of a Strindberg play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe more years ago than he cares to remember, as well as singing at the Royal Opera House - once! He taught drama and music at several schools, as well as examining the practical aspects of GCSE and A level drama for many years. For twenty five years he has conducted a brass band as well as living on one of the highest points of East Sussex surrounded by woodland, deer, foxes and badgers, with kites and buzzards flying overhead.

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