In exchange for our review and providing you with information, we received tickets to Liberty Magic to see Eric Jones in “IMPOSSIBLE”. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% our own.
As parents, Greg and I find it extremely important to make sure that we keep dating each other. When Pittsburgh Cultural Trust asked us to check out their new venue Liberty Magic and watch Eric Jones in “IMPOSSIBLE”, it gave us a great “excuse” to get out for an evening and leave the kiddos with Unca.
Truth be told, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, how many coins can be hidden and pulled from behind someone’s ears and it still wow a person? But the venue seemed cool and we have a history of meeting people from America’s Got Talent, so I was willing to give this one a go and kept the evening a surprise from Greg until we got to Liberty Magic.
The Venue: Liberty Magic
What used to be a small comedy theater on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh is now Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Liberty Magic. Unlike other venues associated with Cultural Trust, this is an intimate (70-person/four rows of seats) venue. It is BYOB (a speakeasy feel – come in cocktail attire for fun!) and tucked into what would appear to be an old store front.
Inside, the venue is decorated with memorabilia of illusion artists, Zoltar (if you’ve been to Kennywood, you’re familiar), and some pretty incredible ceilings and light fixtures. Seating is comfortable for the 60-minute shows (chairs and bar stools). There are only four other cities with venues like this!
The Show: Eric Jones in “IMPOSSIBLE”
Eric Jones brings humor to the stage with his show. It is more than hiding some coins and guessing cards. We found ourselves laughing (although the content is not all clean or kid-friendly) and wondering how he made his tricks work.
He limits his tricks to a few really good ones and keeps the audience engaged through stories of his childhood and career steps. Jones said that he “stands on the shoulders of giants” and his illusions are both original and based on his mentors’ illusions.
Following the show, Skeleton VIP Key holders are able to go to the green room and have a 15-minute chat with Jones to see some up-close tricks and ask questions, but he isn’t giving the answers to “how did you do that trick”. For example, when Greg asked him if there was anything that gave him an “advantage” in his show, he replied that proprioception – relationship to things around you – is ingrained better in some than in others so it helps with making his show work (for instance, juggling coins in his hands based on spatial awareness).
Eric wowed me with his down to earth, humble attitude. I found myself listening to his words and his passion for people and a message throughout his show that you should take what you are passionate about and make a living out of it and (frankly) ignoring the “illusion”. Eric gives back to the community that gave to him by going to inner city schools and ingraining into teens the importance of making something of yourself through your passions. As a mama who has done this, it made a few tears come to my eyes.
If you’d like to check out “IMPOSSIBLE”, you have until March 17,