Sorry it’s a bit quiet around these parts lately, but I’m focusing some time and energy on other bits and pieces right now so it occasionally makes it just a teensy bit hard to keep the blog updated. I’m squeezing in some time to write up this review because OMG WE SAW PENN & TELLER LIVE.
Liam bought the tickets a few months back, and went all out by getting “premium” tickets which basically guarantee you great seats near the front, but you don’t know which seats until you pick up your tickets.
When we arrived at Hammersmith Apollo a few hours before the show to pick them up, we were delighted to see we would be in row B! We couldn’t believe our luck that we’d be in the second row from the front. But wait…we were wrong.
Anyone who has been to the Hammersmith Apollo may know that if you are sat on the sides in row B, you’re actually right at the front. We came to this realisation once we got inside, got our drinks and went to take our seats to realise huh….no row in front!
Sitting front row at a magicians show leaves you with two emotions – excitement that you’ll get to see it all happen close up, and nervous because what if you have to go onstage and fall over and make a tit of yourself? It’s confusing. But I didn’t need to worry about that, because Liam was the one called on to the stage…and for the very first trick too!
I honestly couldn’t stop cheering and laughing. Mostly because I was relieved it wasn’t me because I 100% would have fallen over. Luckily, Liam didn’t.
Anyway, excitement of having your boyfriend called up on stage aside, let me tell you about the show.
I’m not sure if I really need to tell you how amazing it was – that’s a given, right? If you know Penn & Teller, you know they do some damn cool magic and can put on an ace show. But honestly, it was incredible. There was only one bit where I saw a wire used to lift a card out of a fanned deck (a very small part of a much bigger performance/trick), but the vast majority of what I saw…I have no clue how it was done.
I don’t want to spoil what happens in the show, but I will say that it’s a really cool mix of types of illusions. From touches of Derren Brown style “cold-reading”, to straight up incredible stylistic magic that beggars belief.
The two of them are an amazing match – with Penn (of course) taking the lead in engaging with the audience through commentating, and Teller acting as the perfect balance with his mime-style performance.
If you can, please do try and see Penn & Teller in your lifetime. They don’t tour in the UK that much, but keep an eye out for when they do as you will not regret it!