Friday, 5 February 2016

Ed Alonzo's Psycho Circus of Magic & Mayhem

Until last weekend, I can't remember the last time I went to Genting Highlands. Between the renovation of the outdoor theme park (20th Century FOX World is currently under construction, delayed until who-knows-when), not into gambling, the shopping sucks and feeling too old, jaded and cynical for the rides and attractions in the indoor theme park (that said, you should at the very least spend the RM25 on the Ripley's exhibit), there had been no incentive for me to go up. 

So to get people/non-gamblers in during the construction, there's been a ton of magicians and magic shows over the last few years up there. If you watch a lot of American TV, you might recognise Ed Alonzo from his TV work, which you all can find on YouTube. 

We got tickets (as part of the room package) to a 4 p.m. matinee performance last Saturday and the turnout was a little sad, even for a matinee. Anyway, brought the confirmation email to the box office at Genting Grand (which is just upstairs from the Genting Grand lobby) to collect the tickets. They also swiped my Genting Rewards card for verification cos I used the members' discount.

Was seated in the front row, but quickly self-upgraded since the place was practically empty. 

First of all, any show that kicks off with Muse song already gets a thumbs up from me - I recognised the piano strain of New Born and I couldn't believe that I was hearing a Muse song at a magic show. 

Even if you've seen some of the tricks elsewhere, it still doesn't beat watching it in person. It also has cute animals (his pet duck Bob, which I'm guessing he either has more than one of, or that's one VERY old duck; the fluffiest bunny ever (named Peanut), and a tiny little dog), hot dancers and mind blowing magic. Also not forgetting Manx, who's sword swallowing and fire eating may not be for everyone (certainly for at least one Asian grandmother present). 

If you're in the front row with kids, you might even get to pet the animals, so just saying... 

The only other good thing about a not-so full house: shorter line for the photo session afterwards. I usually don't bother, but I did just this one time. No, I'm not putting that picture up anywhere.

He's been performing up in Genting International Show Room in Genting Grand Hotel since last November (with days off here and there), but is coming to an end sometime next month. I would highly recommend catching the show while it's still in Malaysia. And bring the kids. Here are the details if you're interested. 

Stray observations:
  • Can't help but wonder how much did Genting pay him for this residency stint :P 
  • If you follow the guy on social media, you'll see what he does with the time off... 
  • How does the hair stay up? Is it even his real hair? Am I the only one that's reminded of Kramer?