Poster for the Halfway to Halloween Brush With Death Show!
Our February 2015 “Halfway to Halloween” show was our first try at bringing my weird and twisted show outside of Calgary, to nearby Okotoks. I had no idea if it would be well attended, and I do admit picking Okotoks as a trial was hedging my bets, knowing that at least the south residing Calgarian fans would make the drive to the show.
The Houdini Girl, Dayle Krall, underwater in a death defying escape stunt
The show also featured one of the biggest guest stars we’ve ever had a chance to work with. Dayle Krall The Houdini Girl is one of the top female escape artists in the world, and has performed on TV and around the world. The show was rounded out with world reknowned designer of dangerous escape equipment, Richard Sherry, and local comedy magician Ryan Pilling.
I also had a chance to debut some new material, including a new bloody knife illusion.
The show was a huge success, partnering with Wowfest Magic Arts Festival. The Rotary Arts Performing Centre had the perfect creepy feel, and the audience was fantastic.
Noted magic historian, author, and performer Stephen Forrester wrote this about the show:
“What an awesome tight original show! Yeats has developed so much – love the character he plays on stage. Dayle’s escape from the glass padlocked box was terrific: just the right amount of tension – then a super quick adroit escape! Richard Sherry’s conception of the glass box & electric chair was great: I feel lucky that you live in the same city and I can see great illusions like this. Lastly, Ryan combining the balloon swallow with the psychic healing was so original and full of great comedy – it reminded me what great theater can be. The best show I have seen in quite a while! And I have seen a lot of shows in my 35 years as a magic performer.”
Full page article in the Okotoks Western Wheel
A great review from a lay audience is one thing, but the years of work I’ve put into this show gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to my cold cold heart, when I hear something like this from an expert in illusion and magic history!
The Houdini Girl in the Okotoks Western Wheel
Looking forward to producing another Brush With Death in February 2016!