The weird and wonderful Raymond Crowe returns with new tricks
Katherine Lamont | On 09, May 2014
Last Wednesday evening I met a man who was full of beans. He matched his top hat with a grey suit that had purple lining and wore a bigger smile than anybody in the room.
Unusualist Raymond Crowe mesmerised an intimate crowd of children and adults in his unconventional solo performance at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Unlike any other magician, Crowe performed an all-encompassing act of comedy, deception, magic, mime artistry, shadow puppetry and invention that could amuse any age group.
Bringing new material to the stage since his last sell-out group show, The Illusionists 2.0, Croweâ€™s unique and peculiar tricks made the audience roar with laughter during the entire 90-minute performance.
It was a show that left children in awe of magic and gave adults the chance to relive their youth for just one moment. As one young boy commented, the adults laughed even more than the awestruck children.
However it was the laid-back approach and warm nature of this talented Unusualist that truly brought the performance to life. Crowe discarded any notion of hierarchies and formed somewhat of a fleeting friendship with the audience while bringing himself into the crowd.
The quirky character connected with his viewers on a personal level though incredible audience participation. Crowe plucked children, parents and workers out from the intimate Cremorne Theatre and held them in a spotlight of fun. The participants danced and mimed as though they themselves were a part of the great magic show. It was enough to make anybody feel welcome in his room of peculiar tricks.
However the performance did not end when Crowe left the stage. The hilarious and captivating Unusualist greeted his guests with hand puppetry books and photo opportunities as they re-entered the foyer. Meanwhile, no child was left unnoticed as Crowe performed special one on one tricks, making each child who held his attention feel like the only person in the room.
It was clear that this warm-hearted, endearing and overly enthusiastic Unusualist adores the crowds who come to see him perform. With this appreciation, the weird and wonderful Raymond Crowe will continue to make Australia laugh on his national tour.
What: Raymond Crowe â€“ The Unusualist
Where: Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
When: 30 April to 10 May, 2014
How Much: $59.00
Raymond Crowe. Images provided by QPAC