David London’s ‘Magic Outside the Box’ at The Writer’s Center

How many magic shows have you seen where the magician spends an inordinate amount of time making up magic words to distract you while performing his trick? Big news… David London does not use magic words.

David London. Photo by Christopher Meyers.
David London. Photo by Christopher Meyers.

In my interview with David on DCMetroTheaterArts on November 9, 2015, I asked our readership, “How many magic shows have you seen in your life?” Personally, magic has always fascinated me. I have written DCMTA reviews of Max Major at the Arlington Drafthouse and The Illusionists at The Kennedy Center. I have been in the Broadway audience for The Magic Show with Doug Henning on Broadway twice, (I couldn’t believe it the first time). Yet, in Magic Outside the Box, I still experienced the WOW FACTOR… like, “How did he do that?”

What makes London’s performance unique is it’s both fanciful and clever. The show starts out rather creepy with David’s initial appearance totally in black including a mask over his head talking to a puppet. His methodology quickly becomes transparent when he issues an invitation to the audience resulting in an atmosphere of breathtaking creativity. The magician’s use of a storyline with devilishly conjuring effects along with his audience patter helps to minimize the distance between the audience and the performer. His magical themes ricochet between off-the-wall and macabre feats of amazement. The show provides a complete 5-course meal (yes, even dessert), yet is pleasantly unique.

Although Mr. London had advertised that the recommended age for attendance was at least 15 years-old, there were a number of “underage kids” present. He successfully incorporated these kids into the show making it special for the kids turned performers, their parents and the audience. The puzzled expressions on the kids’ faces after the tricks were over were both precious and unforgettable.

Photo by Philip Laubner.
Photo by Philip Laubner.

Although David’s use of props was integral to his tricks, he didn’t allow the props to distract from his performance. Beginning and ending most of them with a storyline, experience or an idea, he continuously invited the audience to rethink their own perspective as much as wonder about the prestidigitation. He never lost control of the audience while successfully pulling the strings. Our magical manipulator had the audience in the palm of his hand as they unveiled their curiosity and wonderment as to what was truly evolving before their eyes. (Will somebody pinch me?)

David London’s performance must be experienced in person. You too will probably experience that typical reaction:“How did he do that?”

Running Time: 65 minutes, with no intermission.

David London’s Magic Outside the Box played two performances through Saturday, November 15, 2015 at the The Writer’s Center – 4508 Walsh Street, in Bethesda, MD. For more information on David London, check out his website.

David London’s ‘Magic Outside the Box Cabaret Show’ at The Writer’s Center on Fri & Sat 11/13 & 14th by Eric Denver.

David London’s ‘Magic Outside the Box’ at Baltimore Theater Project reviewed by Winters Geimer.

An Interview with David London on ‘Creative Spirit Seance’ – May 15-31, 2015 at Church and Company in Baltimore by Lucrezia Blozia.

Magic and Mayhem: An Interview with David London and Harley Newman as They Appear at The Black Cat Tomorrow-February 6th at 9:30 PM by Lucrezia Blozia.

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