Just back from Sunday night's show. Anthony said the box office told him we had 48 in tonight... 7 short of a full house! I tried to drum up a little extra business in the foyer before the show, but everyone in the foyer was there to see 'Private Eye' already! (Even up until later in the evening The Festival Club was really quiet. I think we were the only ones in there... so I wonder how the other shows did crowd-wise?)
Tonight's show was easily the best so far. The characters are really starting to come out, especially Anthony's 'Tony Tobleroni'. He went a little more over the top and played to the audience a little more and got some good laughs.
The magic went very well with almost all of the effects working and a few getting audible gasps (including Anthony's thumb tie sequence).
The sequence with Sue-Anne and Lee is really developing well too, with Lee's quill to pencil effect starting to look like trick photography, and Sue-Anne's rope sequence getting spontaneous applause in parts.
Enzo did a much better rendition of his act tonight, still not quite on top of his normal game, but almost there, and his acting has really improved as well.
The crowd responded very well throughout the whole show and again we got the same comments.
- People really enjoyed the blending of the magic with the story.
- They all thought 40 minutes wasn't long enough and we should extend it to 60.
- They'd like to see even more story.
- They really love the surprise ending.
From my point of view, it's interesting to see the different responses to tricks that are totally blended into the story (like when Sue-Anne changes bills into notes) compared to tricks that are clearly part of an act (like Al Cappuccino's act).
Also, using the iPod in conjunction with a CD (which doubles as my back up should the iPod have issues) worked really well. I enjoyed the flexibility the computer gave me, but it was just too unreliable.
Three shows to go! Try to come along on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday if you can, and if you've already seen it, please help us spread the word by telling your friends and family to come along.
(If you can make it on Tuesday - all tickets are only $15!)