Wednesday, 16 July 2008

MAGIC MOMENTS

If you missed my appearance on yesterday's BBC Radio 4 programme, Before Your Very Ears, you can 'Listen Again' on the BBC's Radio 4 website for the next seven days.

And on the subject of magic: last Saturday, David took part in a Charity Gala Concert in aid of the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Samaritans.

Held at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, the three-hour-plus concert was a feast of music and entertainment featuring the legendary Laurie Holloway and a talented line-up of singers and musicians, many of them graduates of the Montgomery Holloway Music Trust founded by Laurie and his late wife, Marion Montgomery.

Laurie performed a couple of solo items - a superb Sinatra medley and a wickedly clever Beatles medley that managed to incorporate references to Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and other classical composers along the way - as well as accompanying several of the other artistes including the amazing soprano, Shola Hector, here seen singing 'Cabanera' from Bizet's Carmen.


The wizard Mr Weeks performed two magic sets: one with his usual line of patter, the other featuring his less frequently seen silent act. Here's part of the latter for your enjoyment...



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7 comments:

Qenny said...

I don't think I've had the pleasure of seeing David handle a zombie ball before. Nice. Even when there is a flash behind the silk, there's nothing given away.

And I do love his rope work.

Brian Sibley said...

Thanks, QUENNY, but what could there possibly be "behind the silk"? It's just a common-or-garden, floating zombie ball, for pity's sake! ;-)

"And I do love his rope work." Yes, I know you do! I would send him round for a personal demo, but - as usual on Wednesdays - he's rather tied up... :-0

Qenny said...

Of course, we shouldn't really talk of silks, should we? Very much a conjuring term.

And naturally, I meant that usually when someone performs that effect, you don't get a flash behind the cloth. In that video clip, you do - and there is nothing to see! So for many viewers, their suspicions are faced head-on and confounded. Marvellous!

Brian Sibley said...

David is still tied up (somehow he's got three of the knots undone - something of a record, that!) - but he says: "Thank you!" --- or that, at least is what I think he said, it's hard to tell with the gag in...

LisaH said...

It sounds as if the new medication might be having the opposite effect to what you feared!
As long as Mr Moseley doesn't turn appear.

I enjoyed David's magic performance, by the way

Boll Weavil said...

I think Mr B is is getting rather over excited with all his birthday treats.I suggest a picture of a muscular man in underwear to bring back a touch of reality to this blog immediately.

Brian Sibley said...

Only one more day to wait, BOLL, then you will have your wish! AND find out who the winners are in the recent CAPTION COMPETITION