Roald Dahl once said, “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Those words have never been truer as the Champions of Magic tour enchants audiences at the Hippodrome Theatre this month. Running from Thursday, February 15th to Sunday, February 18th, the toast of London’s West End will take audiences on a mind-bending theatrical journey with five world-class illusionists. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with mind reader extraordinaire Alex McAleer to discuss his upcoming performance.
British audiences have raved about the spectacular family show that leaves viewers awestruck in their seats. “Audiences can expect a fun, spectacular night of magic, mind reading and more,” McAleer told me. “The ‘Master of the Mind’ combines contemporary mind reading with sharp wit, even sharper suits, and a flair for showmanship.” For nearly ten years, McAleer has amazed audiences both in the UK and internationally on stage and up close.
“I always liked showing off to my parents and friends, making them laugh and entertaining them,” McAleer explained. “I had a magic set as a child, but it wasn’t until I was in my early teens that I discovered the mentalism side of magic. That’s when I really started to study it.” McAleer, known for also his charismatic charm and devilish good looks has audiences eating out of his hand during his performance. “I think people like the feeling of letting go of their day-to-day lives and just enjoy something magical or unusual, something they can’t explain. Kids know how to do this all the time, but adults audiences don’t let themselves, usually. A magic show is the perfect excuse.”
McAleer is very excited to be in Baltimore for the show’s limited five-performance engagement, and hopes to take in some of the local sights and color that Charm City offers. “One of the tough parts of touring is that you never really get to experience the city you’re in. We are often only in the area for the day and most of that is spent at the theatre setting up the show, performing, and then packing it all up again to move on to the next place. What’s really nice is to spend more time in one place, like we will in Baltimore, and getting to explore a little. Or, if you’re me, people-watching the locals.” We’re sure McAleer will see quite the sights while he’s in town.
- Since 2011, arts writer Frankie Kujawa has covered a wide scope of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. From the late Carrie Fisher and LGBTQ icon George Takei to comedians Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin to performer Idina Menzel, Kujawa’s candid interview ability brings readers past the byline and into the heart of the story. His unbiased previews of Baltimore-Washington’s theatre scene have allowed readers an inside glimpse of today’s most popular local and national performances. A Baltimore-native, Kujawa is proud to call Charm City his home.