Magician Dave Alnwick takes Ethereal Magic show online for Nottingham Theatre Royal audience
Thief-catching magician Dave Alnwick is taking his amazing tricks into people’s homes with a new online show.
Ethereal Magic is a live, fully interactive online performance hosted by the Theatre Royal. Nottingham, taking place via Zoom on Saturday and Sunday.
And the magician promises that all the elements of a live show will be there.
“This isn’t about replicating a live theatre experience,” he said. “This is live theatre.”
Ticket holders log in to the show via Zoom and can be called on to the ‘virtual stage’ to assist with the magic.
Dave said: “Aside from the physical element, online shows are the same as any other live performance.
“In many ways, magic performed in a live online setting is more powerful than what I can achieve in a theatre.
“For a start, the illusions don’t happen 20ft away from you, they happen in your home, in your own hands.”
Dave started to develop the idea of an online show during the first lockdown after a conversation with a fellow magician.
He said: “During the first national lockdown, when all the theatres closed, I felt empty. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more non-essential in my whole life.
“After a couple of weeks, a magician friend invited me to something called a Zoom show.I was amazed how well it captured the feeling of a live performance.”
Dave made headlines during his first Edinburgh Fringe Festival run when he managed to stall known thieves, who had previously stolen valuable equipment backstage.
He performed card tricks to distract them until the police could arrive.
“My friend had his laptop stolen the night before”, says Alnwick, “We had CCTV footage and I recognised the same faces in the venue the following night, trying their luck for a second time.
“We obviously weren’t going to start a fight, but I thought if I could keep them busy for long enough, the police would have time to get there.So, I said ‘pick a card’ and managed to misdirect them until the police showed up.”
Dave’s new show , Ethereal Magic, takes inspiration from Greek myth and feelings of isolation.
“I believe magic is at its best when it tells a story,” he said.
“During lockdown I think we’ve all felt very isolated. One night I was reading about ancient philosophers who intentionally isolated themselves from the world, and I discovered something I think we can all learn.
“That’s what the shows about.”
Performances, suitable for those aged eight and over, will be love streamed at 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets cost £10 and one ticket equals one link to watch the performance on one screen.