A spring Saturday early evening heading from the West Village, Manhattan to see a funky magic show in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
The water taxi seemed the obvious transportation of choice and it’s always a treat to be on the Hudson River. Sitting on the outside deck of the water taxi we passed Tribeca, Battery Park City, had the shock of seeing seeing the new World Trade Center more than half finished, the Statute of Liberty, Holocaust Museum, South St. Seaport and then embarked at Fulton Landing in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
A brick oven pizza dinner was just steps away from the East River and special Easter treats at Jacques Torres Chocolate were waiting. This outer-borough trip was to St. Ann’s Warehouse (home to Enda Walsh’s MISTERMAN) to see ELEPHANT ROOM, a new hip, groovy, wacky magic show, that felt like a throw back to the hippie era. As the NY Times wrote: “Penn and Teller, meet Wayne and Garth
The trio created their own version of a three ring circus, lots of chuckles with synchronized karate kicks, 80′s soundtracks, and yes, they did make an elephant appear. These talented illusionists (or feel free to call them characters), took basic magic 101 (lots of handkerchief and egg tricks), some inane story telling, audience members participating and gave us all a look into silly and goofy world. Hey, it was fun.
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By Julia Judge.
Julia Judge works at Lincoln Center Theater and is a member of BAFTA. She has been a freelance producer, programmer, consultant, film juror, and publicist, in addition to her years as Martin Scorsese’s assistant. Second generation Irish, Julia has been named one of the most influential Irish-American Women by the Irish Voice.