World Itineries – 19th February 2016

Dungannon-based Ed Masters brand of magic is so enchanting one’s hairs rise on one’s arms and one’s heart skips a beat or two watching what seems to be sheer impossibilities become in-your-face realities.

Having had the pleasure of enjoying performances at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood, Los Angeles, the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts in the US one could say I’ve been spoiled, but my goodness, Ed masters them all.

With the help of three gorgeous, exquisitely dressed, female assistants and his wife, Sasha from Belarus, he creates a splendid world of the imagination, a two-hour show that captures one’s heart and one’s mind, one that is both exhilarating and sprinkled with humor, the wholesome, warm-hearted flavor – with Ed as the perfect friendly guide and host, dressed in black pants with bright sparkles and white shirt.

Be amazed as you see his assistants appear then disappear inside boxes before your very eyes; be even more so as sharp-pointed umbrellas are poked into the boxes from every angle, but for the beautiful assistant to emerge unscathed. And how on earth (or is it earthly?) does one of the ladies manage to change from a black dress to a red one in a matter of seconds?

Watch as a random, innocent audience member (I know this to be true as my Romanian friend, Lucian Podariu, was chosen first but was too shy to go on stage) selects a card from a deck and for Ed, as if reading his mind, not only picks the one chosen but literally sketches it on paper, then graciously give the sheet of paper to the audience member as an event keepsake.

How does Ed explain this? “I’m just the medium, I tune into different frequencies,” he says modestly.

Then there’s the amusing, colorful macaw – an adorable parrot named that Ed saved from cruelty and has patiently nurtured over the years (treated well, they can live to be 70). Be delightfully entertained as it speaks to the audience, nonchalantly rides a miniature scooter up and down a table and scores a couple of basketball dunks.

A highlight of the show is a dramatic, daring escape from a huge pair of overhanging steel blades with steel serrated teeth. Buckled and locked into a straightjacket, reportedly Ed is the only magician to dare this feat in Ireland and one of few in the entire world.

The Ed Master’s audience-interactive variety show, a pleasure for all the family regardless of age, which also features singing and excellent choreographed dance routines, is now on a national tour. If you want to be enchanted and transported into the sheer world of magic, don’t miss it.

Read the full review with pictures on the World Itineries website

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Amazing magic! We even got a chance to take a selfie with him! Thanks Ed & all the team. Congratulations for the show.

Posted by Sò Nia on Saturday, 19 March 2016

What a Great Family Show, we had a fantastic time. Looking forward to your next one in Mullingar

Posted by Sarah Toomey on Sunday, 28 February 2016

seen your show in carlow and have to say it was outstanding and my kids are still talking about it if any one is…

Posted by Nigel Kane on Saturday, 27 February 2016

Wonderful show! Seriously worth watching !

Posted by Alise Dombrovska on Friday, 12 February 2016

Brought the kids to see this show in Carlow today. Absolutely brilliant and entertaining from start to finish well done. Hope to see another show very soon.

Posted by Sinead Brett on Sunday, 21 February 2016

Got to work with Ed and he's team today in the balor art centre. And would really recommend seeing this amazing show if you get a chance

Posted by Kate Lucas on Sunday, 14 February 2016

thank you very much to you's all we thought the show was fantastic and really enjoyed it, all the illusions where well done and the pirate was great too

Posted by Stefan Schulz on Saturday, 13 February 2016

Was at the civic centre in Craigavon was amazing show would definitely be back and recommending to friends and family

Posted by Aideen Donnelly on Saturday, 13 February 2016

Brilliant show

Posted by Aideen Donnelly on Saturday, 13 February 2016