When thinking back, for anyone who was lucky enough, they will tell you that one of the best birthday parties they had was when they had the “Magic” show! They will smile and remind themselves and talk about how excited the guests were and the tricks or illusions that were played out right in front of their eyes? The captivating moments until the end and everyone clapped.
The circus was another arena you could see the “Magician” and the assistants as they performed their show mesmerizing the audience with the dazzling costumes, magic, and illusions. When we were young or even talking fifteen to twenty years ago you would save your dimes and quarters to go to the toy store to buy that first magic box so you could learn a few tricks to impress your friends. The elements of the magician as a child remembers were always the wand, the cape and top hat, and the words “abra cadabra” was another thing only the magician would say. People recalling names like Copperfield, David Blaine, and now they speak of Vitelli.
If you have ever seen the face of a child during a magic show then you yourself will agree that it is hard not to smile from ear to ear watching their expressions. Even though we know there is a trick or it is an illusion that they and we are watching, it still makes you smile. It is the anticipation, it is the ending, and it is the element of surprise that keeps the eyes glued to the person performing the show.
Vitelli is known for his element of elegance and surprise in his shows. When the show is over, everyone walks away wanting more or wanting to wear the cape and top hat. Every child wants to know how to do the trick. What do adults remember the most at the end of the magic shows? Is it the opened mouths, the laughter, or the gasps that come from each of the children? It could have been the smiles on their faces. Magic can be magical, of course it is how any show can be interpreted, but, in my world it was always a good thing.