Keith Brown brings magic, mystery and imagination to the Ottawa Fringe.
Should you see it?
Seeing magic in an intimate venue like the ODD Box is an interesting experience. When I think of magic, I usually think of the illusionists in Vegas, performing to large rooms containing hundreds of drunken people. It’s even more impressive to me that Keith Brown pulled off his magic in one of Ottawa Fringe’s smallest venues, with an audience of no more than 12 – 15 people.
Since Keith Brown’s show is very dependent on audience interaction, I’d love to see what he does with a full audience. Even with empty seats, he’s an incredibly charming man who knows how to interact with an audience. He’s got a smile that puts you at ease, and a contagious sense of wonder.
Of course, the magic is the main attraction here, and Keith Brown does pull off some impressive feats, some apparently only accomplished using the power of his memory. To me, the sign of a good magic show is that moment when you feel like turning to person next to you and asking, “how did he do that?” Keith Brown has a few moments like that, especially at the end of the show, where he hits you with a few magical punchlines in a row. His most impressive trick had me worried that I’d have to call an ambulance, and then clapping like a little girl when it miraculously succeeded (you’ll know what I mean when you see it).
Keith Brown has been doing this for a long time – 13 years. It’s wonderful to see the passion he has for his craft, and the joy he gets out of sharing it with his audiences.
But that’s just my opinion, and I’d love to know what you think! Which part was your favorite? Were you were as worried as I was during the show’s climax? Join the discussion in the comments below.