Every Saturday, inside Glasgow’s iconic Grand Central Hotel, Castlemilk man Ryan Davidson performs one of the most unique and fascinating shows on offer in the city, or indeed, anywhere in Scotland.
For in a small room, mere metres away from where John Logie Baird broadcast the first TV images, Ryan hosts ‘Little Mysteries’, an intimate magic show that is unique not just to Glasgow or Scotland, but the whole of UK.
Reformer Reporter William Henshaw attended one of the sell out shows, and caught up with Ryan (29) after for an insight in to the performance.
The title of the show is apt, as the room is only big enough to hold, at a stretch, 25 people. Most people would think any magician would have aspirations of performing in front of thousands at a theatre, or even on the telly, but it’s just the opposite for Ryan.
He said: “The experience is by far greater than something in a theatre because everyone is involved in the show. I’ve been to lots of productions myself and sometimes you feel you’re better off watching it on television because you’re so far away. We wanted people to experience close up slight of hand, rather than that four or five minutes they get at a corporate event or birthday party. People have wondered why I don’t do a bigger show and try and make more money, but it’s not about that, it’s about making sure the audience have a memorable experience.
Getting the audience involved is key to Ryan’s show, although he admits it can be a bit intimidating at first: “Sometimes it can be a bit intimidating and sometimes even for me, the audience are so close and are scrutinising your every move.
“We’ve changed the start of the show to make sure the audience are more relaxed and feel at ease when taking part. Once people release it’s not the type of show where we bring them up and take the mickey out of them they relax and enjoy it.”
Out of courtesy to Ryan, we won’t reveal, or spoil any of the finer details of the show. However needless to say card tricks are involved and there is an element of the theatrical and the involvement with the audience grips your interest to the very end.
The show is well structured,
After show Magician Ryan Davidson (left) with Reformer reporter Will Henshaw
Mystery One of the props of Ryan’s show is this box