‘Monday’ and ‘magic’ are not two words often used in the same sentence. But the Cape Town Magic Club, Africa’s first dedicated magic theatre, has flipped that on its head.
Set in the award-winning, steampunk café, Truth Coffee Roasting, the Monday Night Magic show is designed to delight and confound guests with the art of illusion, mentalism, and sleights of hand that will have you scratching your head in amazement.
While the tradition of Monday Night Magic has been around in New York and London for over 15 years, this is a first for Cape Town. More than a little intrigued and keen to up the ante on our usual Monday fare, we headed down to experience the magic for ourselves.
Recognised as the best coffee shop in the world for two consecutive years, Truth Coffee, housed in an old Victorian warehouse, is the perfect setting – the grungy cool of the copper, brick and plush leather décor reminiscent of a bygone era.
Welcomed in by the ‘steampunk’ garbed ladies at the door, we took our place at the private bar and enjoyed a local draft followed by a Truth Coffee brew, a must for any coffee lover and magical in its own right. Those looking for a bite to eat can also pre-book dinner from a specially provided menu when booking tickets.
Experience the Extraordinary
Beloved local magician as well as founder, Marcel Oudejans, played host for the evening and beckoned the awaiting crowd into the intimate theatre, located in Truth Coffee’s bean room, where we settled in, the prohibition style décor setting the mood.
What followed was a series of astounding acts that had us chuckling and gasping with surprise in equal measure. The incredibly talented comedy magician, Mawonga Gayiya, began with card tricks that saw him cut out missing cards from the middle of a sealed lemon, replace his bowtie with another card (wherein the bowtie wondrously appeared in the lemon) and general wow us with both his sleight of hand and high-energy comedy.
Jamian Fortune, at just 19 years old, performed feats of trickery with ropes, coins, and cards that I can’t even begin to explain; while the headline act, Russell Fox – Magician Insane, bent spoons and our minds with his unbelievable gift for mentalism.
As if a wand had been waved (and it was on more than a couple of occasions), the hour-long show ended in what felt like a blink of an eye. Bemused minds still reeling, we made our way out, agreeing that if anything, it was our Monday night to remember.
Those eager to rub shoulders with the stars of the evening are welcome to grab a drink with them after the show and enjoy the photo booth and props. Just don’t ask how they do it – a good magician never reveals his secrets.
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Read more about the Cape Town Magic Club by visiting their website here.
Images courtesy of the Cape Town Magic Club.
Blog post by: Tarah Darge
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