Reno’s magic men make Falls debut

John Law

By John Law, Niagara Falls Review

Kevin Jeffrey of the magic duo Kevin & Caruso. They start a seven-day stint at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Jan. 30. PHOTO: Special to Niagara Falls Review

Kevin Jeffrey of the magic duo Kevin & Caruso. They start a seven-day stint at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Jan. 30. PHOTO: Special to Niagara Falls Review

They’ve been performing in Atlantic City for months. They’ll need four days just to set up their show in Niagara Falls. They’ll be two pretty tired magicians when they arrive.

So what will illusionists Kevin & Caruso do on their one day off? See a magic show, of course. The duo – who go by first names only, thank you – plan to see Niagara Falls magician Greg Frewin’s show Saturday before starting a seven-day run at the Niagara Fallsview Casino with their show Magique.

On the line from Atlantic City where the entire show has been packed into a transport truck, Kevin says he won’t be seeing Frewin’s show as a competitor but, for once, as an audience member.

“It’s enjoyable just to watch,” says Kevin, who adds magicians at the headlining level like themselves and Frewin don’t view themselves as competitors but peers in a select club. “It’s just nice to watch the differences in how we do things.”

A mix of magic, comedy and old school spectacle, Kevin & Caruso’s show proudly has no down time. With about 100 costume changes and “razzle, dazzle” filling every second, it’s like a blend of the traditional magic show and modern attention-span-deficit whirlwind.

In their eyes, they’re up against all live shows, not just other magic shows.

“We’re competing with the whole entertainment scene in general,” says Kevin. “People don’t look at shows like this the way they used to.”

Magic and illusion shows used to be an event. Now, with instant access, they’ve lost some of their mystique. The solution, says Kevin, is do a show “that doesn’t stop at all.” With so much eye candy and movement, the audience is tired just keeping up.

“I grew up looking at magic as a production,” he says.

The two friends were performing street magic in Reno more than 20 years ago when they were asked by a hotel owner if they had a show he could book. They didn’t, but said yes anyways. The ensuing show they scrambled to put together ended up playing for three years.

They were soon booked on a cruise line and a seven-year residency in Miami’s South Beach before last year’s stint at Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino. They’ll make their Niagara Falls debut count, bringing the pyrotechnics they couldn’t get a permit for in Atlantic City.

Kevin guesses they’ve traveled 2.5 million miles in 18 years.

john.law@sunmedia.ca

  • WHO: Kevin & Caruso
  • WHERE: Niagara Fallsview Casino
  • WHEN: Jan. 30 to Feb. 5
  • TICKETS: Start at $20. www.ticketmaster.ca

Originally posted 2014-01-29 13:07:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter