Excitement loomed as the final night of the month approached and conversations of the preeminent Magic Show piqued nearly every boy’s interest. Performing in the Farrer Theatre allowed the boys to deliver their intentions in a professional manner, with lighting and sound systems aiding the creation of atmosphere. However, it was the directors themselves, Charlie L and Alban N, who deserve credit for their creativity and commitment to the success of the show, especially when considering the unfortunate timings of the Upper Sixth mock exams.

The third consecutive year of the Magical Society’s annual performance saw the audience being transported to ‘A Night of Television’ – a theme which the magicians were able to witfully use to show off their skills in an original style. A magic show cannot be defined without a convincing and flowing storyline, which was easily pulled off in a meaningful way; the audience members were constantly thrown multiple thought-provoking and unexpected twists.

As the voices slowly ceased to silence, the main lights dimmed and the spotlights wandered across the stage; the whimsical music began to play…

The directors of the show entered the stage, performing their first trick, which centralised the entire narrative. It was a simple card trick which involved many audience members to move cards into two distinct separate piles, which would then be revealed to be equally split into red and black suits. Yet, when the piles were revealed, it turned out that there was an anomaly – importantly, the seven of diamonds. Seemingly disappointed that the magic had apparently failed, the two magicians instead turned on the television in hope of better entertainment.

CLICK. The Great British Bake Off switched on, and two enthusiastic bakers entered the stage, utilising a touch of magic to help them win. When the time ran out, and there was only inedible debris scattered on the tables, a warm, delicious cake appeared from thin air inside a mysterious red pan. After some clapping, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire began and a contestant from the audience was invited to participate to win imaginary money.  To decide the lucky individual, a white teddy bear was thrown backwards by Gus G, and subsequent chaos ensued. Nevertheless, the chosen boy was able to answer all the tough questions correctly, including obscurities such as, ‘Who is the mayor of (insert: a random village in England)?’. Perhaps it was luck, or perhaps there was magic involved.

After many more shows and adverts – including a particularly shocking trick where a solid metal hammer was thrown into the audience – the audience were transported to the tropical lands of Love Island, where not one but ten whole boys were chosen to be part of the competition. Half of them (with the amazing help of the wardrobe and makeup teams) were transformed into women, while the other half, the men, waited patiently to be chosen and partnered off. Eventually, five couples emerged and the elimination process began. The hosts of the show were able to create a convincing and entertaining setting and their suave and theatrical characters seemed to come right from the show itself. Eventually, the winners stood victorious, a result of many different magical methods to remove them – a true test of love.

The TV clicked off, and the directors returned to the stage. Then, as they began to argue over the prior failure, the table was thrown in anger, revealing a huge seven of diamonds underneath. 

The amount of audience participation and the interaction between the magicians made the night engaging and humorous. The narrative from the cast helped to create an imaginative setting, which was masterfully garnished with pinches of magic. Many congratulations to all the boys involved for another show! We are already looking forward to next year.