Michael Jordan’s High Jinx - The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach
It’s a venue which helped launched the international careers of illusionists Russ Stevens and Richard De Vere (who still has his own show there) so this fast rising 21-year has set himself quite a challenge staging his own production in what he has dubbed “the home of magic.”
With an enviable collection of awards already under his belt (including the International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring Shield which he won aged 16 and the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year awarded him for the first time in 2009) Michael Jordan is clearly not without confidence – and self belief.
Nor is he without considerable talent – in addition to his largish scale illusions he also juggles, rides a unicycle, dabbles in escapology, regurgitates razor blades, spins plates and more. All very competently.
In High Jinx he has been joined since early last year by Tamsyn Sear whose acting and dancing training shine through – though she clearly didn’t read the small print in her contact and spends most of her time clambering in and out of various boxes, being spiked, prodded and cut into various pieces.
All with a smile on her face and no indication of permanent damage.
The couple work well together, opting for a humorous rather than dramatic delivery, plenty of knowing facial expressions and role switching and all set to a very contemporary soundtrack.
Audience participation is included but kept to a sensible minimum – working best when one volunteer believe his mobile telephone has been destroyed.
Adding their tuppence worth to the proceedings are Andy Floss and the Scary Monsters, a Muppets-meets-Sesame Street colourful team of oversized puppets.
Completing the bill are the House of Magic Dancers, two teams of four recruited from Blackpool-based Phil Winston’s Theatreworks comprising Laura Gunn, Zoe Lawrenson, Tan Hooren and Sophie Frost in team one and Kirsty Monteith, Lucinda Wood, Naomi Liles and Eleonor Wright in team two.
With plenty of patter and perfectly performed illusions, High Jinx are an act to watch out for and the show is a welcome addition to the season line-up.
It can be seen every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until November 2 at 7.45pm with matinees at 3pm from July 4 to August 31.