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SOAR features the magic of Jeff Newman Mentalism

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Two SOAR festival cabarets were sold out successes at Casa, May 30 and 31.

Each one featured the dance of Claire Lint, magic and music.Jeff n newman brought his new show Trickster to SOAR. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught Mentalist Jeff Newman‘s new act “Trickster” at the May 31 cabaret, having to go it in between play rehearsals.
 The always affable  Newman premiered the new show with his usual humour and a lot of crowd participation.

He got one audience member to look after a locked box throughout the show, then got other audience members to help with a variety of tricks including remembering a card without showing him, only to have it turn to a blank deck. It was strange as I was looking over the shoulder of one of the volunteers and saw the six of hearts, but was boggled by the deck turning blank after the volunteer tossed it back to him.

 He prefaced the next bit by talking about his ability to guess the contents of Christmas presents and about how his parents would just speak in German when they didn’t want him to know what they were talking about. 

Coninciding with that story, he performed another neat trick by hypnotizing another audience member into speaking German,which matched with German words written on flash cards which I couldn’t read from my spot at the back of the room.

He wound down his show by having yet another audience member guess which present contained either a plush green dragon, dog or cat. He had the audience member switch the critters and shuffle the boxes she put them into, and then take them out of their boxes and put  them into colourful gift bags behind a barrier, which he predicted on a birthday card he opened after the bit.

I had to leave before finding out what came of the locked box.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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