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The Magic of Adam Trent

by Kelly May
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Mar 12, 2018
Adam Trent
Adam Trent  

People considering attending a magic show fall roughly into three camps: A. the person who knows all the magic tricks, B. the person who doesn't have the faintest clue of how to pull a quarter out of an ear but thinks watching someone else do it sounds like fun, and C. the person who has no idea of what to expect and frankly may have minimal interest in magic. (This person is usually accompanied by a child if he/she shows up.) Regardless of what camp you fall into, you can enjoy a night with Adam Trent. (Though if you fall into camp C, you really need to bring a kid. Their laughter and happiness will banish any of the grumps you might have for being there.)

Adam Trent, who brought his show to Boston this past weekend as part of a 60+ city tour, fuses technology, illusions, music, and comedy with classic magic acts. Additionally, he has a nice slightly nerdy deprecating charm that works well when interacting with the audience and placing giant funnels on his head. Trent truly shines when explaining some of the more well known magic tricks. Even I feel like I could pull off the 'card in the popping balloon' trick... admittedly, with only five-year-olds as my audience, but gosh darn it, I could do it! And, this is what "The Magic of Adam Trent" is all about; it is about fun exuberance versus trick deconstruction.

Trent is known for bringing technology into his shows. He happily integrates some fairly industrial looking pieces, such as the steampunk-looking circular blade that he uses to cut himself in half. Some of the tech doesn't always work right, but Trent is a good performer and quick to acknowledge and work with things like overexposed cameras, which keeps the audience on his side.

Magicians tend to bring audience members on stage, and it is always a fun mystery to see who will be picked. One disappointment in the show is the heavily uneven use of male versus female audience members. In Act 1, seven people were brought on stage and only one was a woman. Act 2 was a little better, but the majority of the audience members were still overwhelmingly male. There was not a lack of female hands raised to go on stage, and I hope the ratio of male to female will balance out more in the future. However, it was great to see him bring up one little girl onstage!

Take yourself. Take another. Take your family. "The Magic of Adam Trent" is a great time to sit back and enjoy a performer who wants to entertain you.

For more information on "The Magic of Adam Trent," including upcoming dates on his national tour, visit his website.


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