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Leslie Melville
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A couple of weeks ago, with my son, Adrian, I visited 'Monday Night Magic' at The Player's Theatre in Greenwich Village, New York. We had, over the previous weekend been attending 'The New England Gathering of the Magi' and had decided to spend a few days in New York before returning home to the U.K.

The theatre was packed (for a magic show on a Monday night!) and a great atmosphere of expectation filled the auditorium. No one was disappointed. From the moment Todd Robbins appeared to MC the proceedings, we knew that we were in safe hands. The first act on was Rocco! Just back, we were informed from a short season at the famed 'Crazy Horse' Cabaret theatre in Paris! Rocco is unique and truly magical. Rocco was followed by 'Throwdini' a spectacular knife throwing act. He wears traditional tails and in appearance, looks like an accountant or bank manager! His act has some scary moments but was always entertaining. The finale of the act where his assistant is fixed to a board, covered with a paper veil and is subjected to a volley of ten knives whilst the board revolves is particularly tension building and resulted in a standing ovation!

Todd entertained with some great one-liners and performed his 'Blockhead' feat with a nine-inch nail, a hammer and a young lady in the audience. This was followed by some unusual business (!) with a 260 balloon that provoked audible response from the audience - absolutely hilarious! He then introduced Chris Capeheart, an act that was unfamiliar to me but very entertaining.

In the interval we were further entertained in the lobby, and auditorium by three classy and accomplished close-up performers. The whole evening was hugely enjoyable and I have to thank Craig Dickson for pointing us in the right direction and also Michael Chaut, who not only produces the show but graciously invited us both to have supper with members of the cast following the performance. It was an evening that neither of us will forget.

It is easy to see why they were presented in the interval with a special award for becoming after fifteen continuous years, New York's longest running off Broadway show!

There are different performers each week and you can check on seat availabilities by contacting Michael Chaut at:
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My friend Jeff,a magician from San Diego attending N.Y.U. was their that night and also went to dinner with the crew.
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Hi Don,

We were introduced to everyone but since there were about twenty in the party I probably didn't get to talk much to your friend. Simon Lovell was also at the show/meal. I haven't seen Simon for around thirty-five years so that was an added bonus for me! It was a great night.

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It is a truly great evening every week. Not to missed if you are within a hundred miles of New York on a Monday night.

Probably a thousand miles...
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I went to Monday Night Magic in the Thanksgiving Week, straight from the airport, when I went on holiday to New York.

Was quite impressed with the three close up guys at the interval and loved Rocco's performance at the start (though when I saw him he made quite a mess on the stage with pretzels). I forget the name of the guy but the show ended with a carnival geek magic performer. It was a great show - recommend it to any magic lovers on hols to NY.
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