Do you consider yourself a Moulder or a Scully? Do you want to believe or are you a stone cold skeptic? Lawrence Leung’s Very Strange Things is a hilarious combination of both wonder and logic, and it’s showing between 11-15 July as part of the Melbourne Magic Festival.
The show is a clever mix of mind games, impossible tricks and witty storytelling. Leung drew the audience in and had us captivated to the very end. His show was both baffling and wildly entertaining. I haven’t laughed this much since The Book of Mormon!
Knowing Leung as a nerdy funny man, we didn’t expect much in the way of “real” magic, so our standards were quite low. He didn’t bother with the theatrical side of illusions, such as grand gestures and misdirection. The humble simplicity of his tricks and his modest delivery made the outcome that much more bewildering.
Leung enjoyed playing with audience members, so if you don’t want to be on stage, keep your hand down! He can read your mind, hypnotise you, unlock your iPhone and even communicate with your long dead childhood pets. But don’t worry; it’s all very light-hearted and fun. If we weren’t gasping in awe, we were laughing hysterically.
This is one of those unique shows that will have you talking about it afterwards, your logical brain trying to make sense of how he tricked you. He ends the show with a reward for skeptics like us by explaining how one of his tricks worked. It was a delightful way to conclude the show; making us appreciate the journey of wonder he took us on.
Lena Todorovski is a typical Melbourne human who likes to wear black and complain about the weather.
Read our guide to the top acts at the Melbourne Magic Festival (3-15 July 2017).