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Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters - Will Hen­shaw

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

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