Magician Jeff McBride attributed David Blaine's popularity to his ability to remain motionless for long periods of time in a recent interview.
Stillness, however, is not McBride's forte. Instead, his Taipei, Kaohsiung and Hsinchu performances, called Abracadazzle, will see the illusionist take audiences on a magical journey as he fuses masks, myths, drama and illusion, reflecting his study of magic's multi-cultural roots.
The program is complimented by music, dance and martial arts techniques from places as diverse as Japan and the US.
McBride's routines will be interspersed with tales about magic and its history. He is also known to include audience participation in his shows - at one performance he pulled a young boy onstage and proceeded to drop coins from the giggling boy's ears into a bucket. Though a simple trick, McBride's stage presence kept the audience enthralled.
McBride's first full-evening show, Mask, Myth and Magic, won acclaim off-Broadway and on world tour. The magician has won plaudits from industry magazines and institutions and was named Magician of the Year by the International Grand Prix of Magic.
What: Jeff McBride: Abracadazzle
When and Where: Tomorrow at the National Kaohsiung Normal University Gymnasium, Kaohsiung (高雄師範大學大禮堂), 7pm; Sunday at Chinghua University Gymnasium, Hsinchu (新竹清華大學大禮堂), 7pm; Monday at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (台北國父紀念館), 8pm
Tickets: Kaohsiung and Hsinchu performances are NT$600 to NT$2,000; tickets for the Taipei performance are NT$800 to NT$2,250 all available through ERA ticketing outlets or online at www.ticket.com.tw