Magician to bring iPad magic to Croydon's Fairfield Halls
If you thought an iPad was just for tweeting, Facebooking, surfing the net and online shopping then you may have to think again, writes Andy Bloss.
Jamie Allan puts a whole new spin on how to use the gadget in his brand new show iMagician.
Having performed around the world for 10 years Allan brings his debut national tour to the UK where he blends technology with magic and illusion all enhanced through cutting edge projection and sleight of hand.
The magician has work alongside and designed effects for stars such as comedian Tim Minchin, Sting, Blue, Leona Lewis, Jools Holland and Billy Ocean.
Allan has also helped out with campaigns for Mercedes where he makes a new Mercedes A class appear from thin air, he has also vanished and reproduced a Robinson R22 helicopter live on stage.
The 36-year-old has done plenty of shows in America and Europe and hopes to take his new show to Las Vegas next year.
He says: "We are putting the finishing touches to the show at the moment as it requires a lot of work and preparation.
"Some of these sequences which last about two minutes have taken two years to get ready. It was a bit of a nightmare at times, especially using four iPads at the same time.
"What I am trying to do is use to our advantage the same technologies that are making some magicians obsolete.
"We have some amazing illusions with high powered laser beams, flat screens, voice recognition and virtual assistants."
He adds: "We wanted to do this new show and we are really excited about it as over the last five or so years I have been working with this new technology.
"I did a trick 15 years ago where I would make objects appear and disappear on a TV set so I have always been interested in this kind of thing.
"I love sleight of hand magic so what I also try and do is have lots of small cameras around me to film what I am doing so people can see it on screen around the stage. "I want to use technology to enhance the magic and I want to do magic with the technology so it goes hand in hand."
Jamie Allan -iMagician, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, October 19, 7.30pm, £16 to £18.50, call 02086889291 or visit Fairfield.co.uk.
See a teaser trailer of the show below:
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