Another classic staple of the Vaudeville stage was the illusionist or magician. Harry Houdini, one of the greatest illusionists of all time, first gained attention as “Harry Handcuff Houdini” performing in the circuit. He became famous for his daring escape routines. Howard Thurston was another star of the stage, becoming the most famous magician of his time and travelling with an act so large it needed 8 train cars to transport it all. Alexander, also known as the Crystal Seer, was a renowned mentalist who claimed to possess telepathy, and would read the mind’s of the audience members on stage. For our revue, we are lucky to have the talented Leigh Beadon, who, like Alexander, focuses primarily on mind reading and prediction.
Leigh Beadon is a mentalist and magician who performs live experiments in mindreading, prediction, suggestion and other impossibilities. Some people (wrongly) call him a psychic, and audiences at the Storefront Theatre where he performs monthly have branded him a witch.
Want to see Leigh Beadon’s act? Get your tickets to Vaudeville Revue now, online.
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While prepping for our upcoming Vaudeville Revue we came across some similar events happening in TO in the upcoming months. First up is a great festival for families, the HarbourKIDS Circus, running from May 21-23 at the Harbourfront Centre.
Keystone Theatre is featured in A Bit of Business, a collection of comic shorts done in their signature silent film style. As a company that focuses on vintage & cinematic aesthetics ourselves, we think what Keystone does is pretty keen.
Another fun vintage-esq group is Spin Cycle, which you can see in the Sea to Sky Circus Show. Their blurb describes the acts as, “a unique combination of circus skills, infectious comedy and two-person variety routines the likes of which haven’t been seen since the golden age of vaudeville”, which certainly peaks our interest. More info can be found on their website.
Vaudeville fans are sure to love a classic magic show, and it sounds like Magic With Mark Correia will fit that bill. Apparently his show “uses lots of audience involvement, along with mime, magic and mind-reading techniques” – sounds like a blast?
And what’s the best thing about HarbourKIDS Circus? The whole event is free! Head on down to the Harbourfront Centre this Victoria Day weekend to get your kicks, and be sure to join us for Vaudeville Revue June 22-24th at the Alumnae Theatre. Tickets on sale now.
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It’s almost that time again! Retro Radio Hour is back, this time celebrating all things 1950s! Join us and the cast of our next show, Wait Until Dark, on Friday March 25th at the Imperial Pub for an evening of vintage radio plays, oldies music, magic, classic cinema trivia and more! Doors open at 8pm, tickets are only $5 at the door (cash please!). All proceeds go to support Wait Until Dark, running April 14-16th in the rehearsal hall at Tarragon Theatre.
Hope to see you there!
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Another in our popular radio series, this month we do a tribute to some Golden Age Hollywood classics! Join us for a night of vintage radio plays, oldies music, magic, & classic cinema trivia! All for only $5. All proceeds go towards our next production, Wait Until Dark.
WHEN: Friday February 26th, doors at 8pm
WHERE: The Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E (right near Yonge/Dundas Square)
WHY: To support our next mainstage production
HOW: simple! Tickets are $5 cash at the door
We have an exciting silent auction, with items like…
* Pair of tickets from Theatre Passe Muraille
* Gift certificate from Doll Factory clothing
* Dance lessons from Metro Movement
* Tickets from Confidential Musical Theatre Project
* A pair of passes for general family admission to a Toronto Historic Site
* Starbucks gift pack
* Belly dancing lessons
* A pair of tickets to a Nightwood Theatre performance
* Pair of tickets to a Factory Theatre performance
See you there!
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- Tagged classic cinema, fundraiser, Hollywood, Imperial Pub, magic, old time radio, oldies music, retro radio hour, silent auction, trivia, Vintage, Wait Until Dark
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