Not one to waste an opportunity to see more magic, on Sunday evening I returned to the Melbourne Magic Festival at the Northcote Town Hall to see Raymond Truong’s performance of ‘A night of Variety’. Raymond appeared in his dapper suit, with a wide smile on his face as he explained to the audience that he aimed to take them back to the old days of vaudeville (which is typically a presentation of different feats and skills). Raymond swiftly commenced his show, enlisting the help of various volunteers from the audience. I particularly enjoyed Raymond’s cups and balls routine and his interactions with his volunteers. Predictions were made and cards appeared and disappeared in different places. This show really is a showcase of Raymond’s many talents – some of which include physical comedy, juggling and magic (of course!). I have seen Raymond perform many times and one thing I relish about his performances is that I always laugh, enjoy his show and leave with a big smile.
VERDICT: A very entertaining show, suitable for families (children 7 and older would likely enjoy this show). Certainly if you’re looking to see a show during the magic festival that isn’t exclusively magic and contains variety, then this is the show for you!