On a most ordinary, usual Wednesday night, something totally unusual and extremely unpredictable, perhaps even supernatural took place at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theatre’s The Magic Cabaret. Being in an audience of “13,” a most auspicious of numbers, mystical feats and tricks of irony and sleight of hand, magicians extraordinaire David Parr and Joe Diamond wowed the audience, with quite a bit of audience participation and interaction. At this time of year, Halloween, it is the time to embrace the uncanny, a time of magic and mystique. A time of Abra Cadabra; Hocus Pocus; a change of pace from the humdrum ordinary routine of life. This show presents a dramatic flair, of all things both mysterious and macabre, an exciting spectacle we all crave, that takes us into another dimension and out of our comfort/reality zone to suspend belief, even if only temporarily.
The two magicians performed feats, using innate skills of ESP and sleight of hand; the lucky few have these gifts, yet most do not. Magic is perhaps the most fantastical of escapes, and this show, presented in true theatrical form, is just the treat we need this season. These two magic/occult aficionados present their craft , with utmost passion, leaving each audience member on the edge of one’s seat, in awe, especially of the amazing card tricks. Parr is both enlightening and empowering, as he shares his profound philosophy: “In a world fraught with uncertainty and discord, we all wish for powers of ‘magical thinking,’ making order out of chaos, spreading the ‘pixie dust’ on our troubles and sorrows, as it were.” The history of magic goes all the way back to primitive civilizations, with shamans/healers. As David Parr points out in his show, “there was a time when, in Chicago, you could visit magic shops all day, from the LaSalle Hotel, to the Gold Coast Pump Room. He fondly told the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll and his dark side that he keeps hidden even from loved ones, until Edward Hyde and every evil impulse is unleashed from within.
Magic reminds us that nothing is impossible, from magic spells and charms… to meditations, chants and healings. We all are fascinated and intrigued by driving away evil eyes and spirits that haunt houses and secretly yearn for the inner ‘ghost buster.” Even an ancient Hebrew prayer deals with the notion of ‘resurrecting the dead.’
As Halloween is now upon us, the time to don a costume, mask and disguise, the time to embrace the surreal, and hobnob with the ghouls, goblins, witches and wizards, why not ‘treat’ yourself to ‘tricks’ aplenty with the most amazing surprises in store, at The Magic Cabaret.
Through December 25th, shows at 8PM
The Magic Cabaret
Greenhouse Theatre 2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago Il