Blog: 'Parlour Tricks' by Morgan & West
Look who it is! Morgan & West kick off a series of blogs from our fantastic 2015 line-up!
"Should you be well versed in the magical arts, perhaps you are wondering what sets us apart from other contemporary conjurers? Why select us from the smorgasbord of miracle mongers laid before you? We’re so glad you asked..."
Hello! For those of you who are thinking ‘who are these wonderfully moustachioed gentlemen I see on my screen?’ we are Morgan & West – magicians (certainly), time-travellers (no doubt about it) and all round spiffing chaps (Mr Morgan being more round than Mr West).
We are popping along to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival to perform our latest show Parlour Tricks. A jolly reasonable demand at this juncture might be ‘please tell us more’ and who are we to disappoint?
Well, if you have never seen a magician before – what are you waiting for? An entire thread of the rich tapestry of existence is missing from your life. Book tickets before it is too late! Who knows when you will find yourself at a social gathering discussing the relative merits of stage magicians and realise you have nothing to say. You can thank us later.
Should you be well versed in the magical arts, perhaps you are wondering what sets us apart from other contemporary conjurers? Why select us from the smorgasbord of miracle mongers laid before you? We’re so glad you asked...
Many magicians you might see in this day and age like to perform their magic in a not too dissimilar format to that of a stand up comedian – one person, one microphone, perhaps a table with some props. This goes back as far as Messrs Daniels, Dobson and indeed Cooper – handy with a deck of cards, ready with a one liner. These twentieth century powerhouses of prestidigitation set the tone for the next fifty years, and countless magicians have followed in their wake.
We, however, are from the era before. Back in our day (1888, since you asked) magicians lived on music hall stages, and the biggest names in the business would fill theatres all over the world. Magic shows were grand and theatrical, and magicians of the day would summon ghosts, cheat death and commune with demons (the words “unique blend of comedy and magic” never appeared on their promotional material). We are magicians cut from this cloth, and endeavour to create magic shows that belong in a theatrical setting - although performing in the contemporary era means we tend to summon fewer devils than we otherwise might.
Should you pop along to our little spectacle (which we heartily recommend, of course) you should prepare yourself to join us in our most luxurious wooden panelled parlour room, and witness mysteries and miracles before your very eyes. So, what are you waiting for? Send telegram immediately and we will see you at the festival.
Morgan & West appear in Parlour Tricks at the Tron Theatre, March 22 at 2pm.