Mag­i­cal mo­ments on stage

Cockburn Gazette - - STAGE -

MOST ma­gi­cians will tell you that about 10 things go wrong in ev­ery magic show, says comic-il­lu­sion­ist Sam Hume.

The real trick is dis­guis­ing the mishaps so no one no­tices.

“Things go wrong in our act – The Great­est Magic Show! – all the time and there is a lot of mak­ing things up on the go and fix­ing things,” the 20-year-old Mel­bur­nian said.

“If you don’t re­alise it, then we are do­ing our show right.”

Hume, who per­forms with fel­low ma­gi­cian Justin Wil­liams, said it was thrilling to think on his feet.

“Ev­ery show is dif­fer­ent, es­pe­cially with this one be­cause there are a lot of kids com­ing up to vol­un­teer and they’re the stars of the show, and we never know what we are go­ing to get, which is awe­some,” he said.

Hume be­gan learn­ing tricks at the age of 12, start­ing with sim­ple card acts.

“Magic was some­thing I could do that not all my friends could do,” he said.

“It made me stand out and made it eas­ier to talk to peo­ple.

“Then once I got a bit older, I started do­ing events like birth­day par­ties and fes­ti­vals and re­alised I could get paid for my pas­sion.”

The Great­est Magic Show! de­buted at the Mel­bourne Magic Fes­ti­val this year to sell-out crowds, then went on to fea­ture at Mel­bourne Fringe with more sold-out per­for­mances.

The all-ages act in­cludes jug­gling, fly­ing and lev­i­ta­tion and each child re­ceives a free magic wand on en­try.

Hume and Wil­liams will launch the show in Perth for Fringe World Fes­ti­val.

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