Unboxed was an enjoyable and impressive show. Magical Bones carves out his own niche in that he brings the hip hop/break dancing element which i've never seen before and compliments it into his act as if it were a natural thing to do.
MAGICAL BONES – Unboxed @ Underbelly Festival
‘When you have Magic in your bones then i guess you may as well bring the rhythm too!’
So after an afternoon at Zip Now London i was to relax a little and be entertained having been invited to see Magical Bones at Southbanks Underbelly Festival.
So who or what is Magical Bones?
Considered to be one of the most exciting talents to have emerged from the magic industry, Richard Essien also known as Magical Bones, has been entertaining audiences across the globe for over 10 years.
Starting out his career as a professional hip-hop dancer, he was given the nickname ‘Bones’ because of his hard-hitting dance style.
An exceptionally skilled break-dancer and a gifted showman, Bones has gone on to establish himself as one of the most respected and prominent figures within the UK hip-hop scene.
Now focusing primarily as a magician, Bones is preparing for another show back at Underbelly in preperation for his appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was also one of the 6 magicians touring the hit magic show Impossible, which launched in London’s West-end to rave reviews. He is also the star of the worlds first ever 4K ultra high definition TV magic series, ‘Around The World in 80 Tricks’, which is being shown to over 60 million homes globally.
Unboxed is his one hour show trying out a few ideas before the fringe as well as classic tricks. Showing at Underbelly in a 9.15pm slot on the main stage of The Belly on a rainy London day he had a good turnout. Not sold out but busy enough to see curious faces and fans of this magician who merges dance into his act.
An introduction of a man walking on stage – no vocals just this man who displays his moves, shows us Bones can dance for sure. Using a common trick that can be bought in shops the ‘disappearing lights’ were used. Held in between his fingers they would go in one ear and out the other, here there and everywhere, but this clever use was more about visual effects than astonishment.
Then came the introduction, Bones comes across easy and down to earth. Talking to us and telling us about himself and his act.
This show displays some amazing tricks and ones that will leave you wondering how. The Stage isn’t that far away so visually you are close enough to see that there is nothing up his sleeve. His first trick is impressive – turning a receipt into money, just like Jesus had done with water and wine. A mystery and definitely a trick i have to learn to help my bank balance!
Magical Bones takes a member up on stage for a card trick and despite an apparent faux par by the audience member Bones turns it around to ensure the ending is very impressive. Again Rubix Cubes are hard enough to mix let alone solve but to then match a random combination created on a second cube was mind baffling.
Sleight of hand/Manipulation or impressive shuffling gave left us in awe under close camera scrutiny when performing to a DJ Yoda song. Bones also takes time for every audience member particioates in their own trick which left a lot of us feeling like the new Paul Daniels (or magical bones).
The best is left to last and the ending will seriously leave you as to no doubt that dancing aside he is a talented magician in his own right and this trick is some serious magic level trickery as is the outcome, but you will have to see it to know what i’m talking about.
As well as impressive magic and dance one things that he also includes in his show is humour and has the audience engaged throughout.
Unboxed was an enjoyable and impressive show. Magical Bones carves out his own niche in that he brings the hip hop/break dancing element which i’ve never seen before and compliments it into his act as if it were a natural thing to do. A great show and one you can catch again later this month. I would love to see him in a longer version of his next show for sure.
26 June 2019
Price: Tickets from £17.00 (includes £1.50 in fees per ticket)
Venue: Underbelly Festival Southbank
Duration: 60 minutes
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