ROB ZABRECKY, International Guest of the Melbourne Magic Festival, mesmerized his audience with virtuosic skill in his one-man show ‘Turn on the Dark with Zabrecky’.
From the moment he stalked with hypnotic fleetness of foot to centre stage and performed optical illusions on his head, spectators were
gripped by the uncanny sense that all odds were being expertly scrambled in the meshes of Zabrecky’s grouchy mesmerist persona.
One man was required to nurse a smallish cardboard box with breathing holes.
Another in an outsize dunce’s cap was consigned to the corner upon losing a mysteriouly rigged quiz show.
Introducing the concept of a 25-second intermission to the Melbourne stage, Zabrecky paused for a cup of tea – which he pronounced
“perfect!” – before continuing to amaze and enthrall with some up-to-the-minute dancing, to wild applause.
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