Comedy magician's Marvels show coming to Potters Bar
PUBLISHED: 15:14 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:58 02 October 2018
One of the UK's most celebrated comedy magicians will leave the audience astonished in Potters Bar.
Pete Firman brings his new Marvels show to the Wyllyotts Theatre on Wednesday, October 3.
Ticket holders can expect to be mesmerised by Pete’s acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic, as he presents a truly unique live theatre experience.
Pete’s skill for fusing magic and comedy has made him one of the most sought-after magicians working on British television.
His TV appearances include Channel 5’s Monkey Magic, BBC’s The Magicians and ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium.
He’s also published a best-selling book, Tricks To Freak Out Your Friends.
With Marvels, Pete’s aiming to amaze and enthral crowds with an artform which never ceases to captivate despite its age.
“What does magic mean in 2018?” Pete wonders. “100 years ago, magicians were rock ‘n’ roll stars but there’s not a lot that’s left undiscovered in the world now.
“Maybe that’s one of the reasons why the magic show is a popular form of entertainment because it’s a rarity for an audience to be bamboozled.
“I wouldn’t say that Google has ruined magic, but if someone is persistent enough they could probably find out how a trick works.
“These are the kind of things that a 21st century magician has to deal with.”
While he admits to not venturing out of an evening to see a great deal of live magic, when he does drop in on a show, he always takes his seat with an open mind.
“I still like seeing a good magic trick and I do get fooled now and then.
“It’s nice to have that feeling of being deceived because it doesn’t happen so much especially the longer you’re in the game.
“But it’s that sensation that got me hooked in the first place.”
While David Blaine might avoid any elements of comedy in his act, most modern magicians realise that a well-delivered spot of banter goes down well with an audience already reeling from being astonished.
Pete acknowledges that a master such as Tommy Cooper could never be emulated, but that shouldn’t stop him from inserting some good gags into his show.
“I’m trying to do good tricks and make it as funny as I can,” he says.
“I’m not doing a trick and then doing five minutes of stand-up about airplane food – the jokes are interwoven and integrated into whatever it is that I’m doing.
“You can get a lot of mileage out of that trope of borrowing a gentleman’s watch and smashing it up but where it ends up right in the end.
“Not only is that a good trick, it’s a funny situation that you can create with someone.”
• Tomorrow night’s show in Potters Bar starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £16, and £14 concessions.
Visit the Wyllyotts website at www.tickets.wyllyottstheatre.co.uk for tickets.