Theatre Magician TJ Shoesmith at Questors
On the 7th of January, I performed as a Theatre Magician. I was involved in the launch of Lots of Magic. A new business venture put together by a couple of my friends, a sort of eBay for magicians.
Magicians are notorious for buying effects and utility devices they never use. I would guess that nearly every close-up magician has packets in their draws that they haven’t even opened.
So it seems an excellent idea to create a forum where magicians can sell, swap and action items they no longer want or need. This is where lots of magic comes in.
The launch took place at Questors, a community theatre in Ealing. It was a strong line-up of London Magicians, which was very much enjoyed by an audience of more than one hundred and fifty. The evening included six or seven cabaret magic acts preceded by a presentation explaining how the website worked.
My contribution was a theatrical piece which uses the well-known confabulation plot. Experimental certainly but attractive to a magic audience.
This was not my first appearance at Questors Theatre. Over fifteen years ago, I was lucky enough to act on its stage while touring a production of Macbeth. It is a lovely theatre, with a perfect view from every seat and excellent facilities.
I keep promising myself that I will attempt to do more acting in the future, and then things crop up, and the diary fills, and it is hard to fit it in. The competition for parts in Theatre is as strong as ever, and although being a little older probably helps, it is a harsh industry. When I auditioned regularly, I remember periods of depression that went with the rejection.
Good luck to the boys I hope their venture is a success.