Sea World Resort Ocean Theatre
2 – 31 January 2014
Reviewed by Craig Gallagher
Internationally acclaimed illusionist and Australia’s Got Talent Finalist Michael Boyd brings magic to life right before your eyes in his incredible show, Mystique.
Featuring jaw-dropping illusions, escapes, special effects and mind-boggling performances, this show will have the whole family entertained, and completely mystified.
Attending the opening night of Mystique at Sea World Resort’s Ocean Theatre was both a relaxing and entertaining event. Being welcomed with a variety of drinks for all ages and tastes, as well as many tempting canapés and finger food, and watching the sun set over the Broadwater and hinterland were all the elements necessary to set the scene for a truly magical night.
Guests were ushered into the show by cast members wandering through the crowd dressed in themed mystical costumes. The venue was small enough to be intimate, which worked well for Michael Boyd and the show’s content; however, the show would easily lend itself to larger and more elaborate stages. The accompanying lighting, sound, lasers and special effects ensured the atmosphere was reflective of Mystique’s repertoire of illusions and dance.
Boyd displayed a great connection with the audience, involving participation from members on several occasions. The show consisted of a dozen or so illusions, from the most basic to the complex and baffling. The 90-minute program included a number of themed dance routines that reflected the acts of illusion around which they were performed. A solid cast of two male and two female dancers supported Boyd, assisting with the illusions themselves. The light show and soundtrack were well suited to the mystical theme, and catered for tastes young and old.
The pace of the show hit the mark; the entire hour and a half passed before you knew it. The grander illusions were performed very convincingly, supported with sound effects and lighting, however; one of the simpler illusions proved the more difficult to keep mysterious!
Merchandise for sale at interval and after the show enabled the more curious audience members to get in touch with the magician within.
Boyd and his supporting cast worked well together, each performing their roles convincingly, and the audience ranging from 6 to 80 were thoroughly entertained. Experience Mystique at Sea World Resort until January 31 2014.