In exchange for ourreview and providing you with information, we received tickets to LibertyMagic to see Eric Jones in “IMPOSSIBLE”. Noother compensation was received. All opinions are 100% our own.
As parents, Greg and I find it extremely important to makesure that we keep dating each other. When Pittsburgh Cultural Trust asked us tocheck out their new venue Liberty Magicand watch Eric Jones in “IMPOSSIBLE”, it gave us a great “excuse” to get outfor an evening and leave the kiddos with Unca.
Truth be told, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, howmany coins can be hidden and pulled from behind someone’s ears and it still wow a person? But the venue seemed cooland we have a history of meeting people from America’s Got Talent, so I waswilling to give this one a go and kept the evening a surprise from Greg untilwe got to Liberty Magic.
The Venue: LibertyMagic
What used to be a small comedy theater on Liberty Avenue in downtownPittsburgh 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 speakeasyfeel – come in cocktail attire for fun!) and tucked into what would appear tobe an old store front.
Inside, the venue is decorated with memorabilia of illusionartists, Zoltar (if you’ve been to Kennywood, you’re familiar), and some prettyincredible ceilings and light fixtures. Seating is comfortable for the60-minute shows (chairs and bar stools). There are only four other cities withvenues like this!
The Show: Eric Jonesin “IMPOSSIBLE”
Eric Jones brings humor to the stage with his show. It ismore than hiding some coins and guessing cards. We found ourselves laughing(although the content is not all clean or kid-friendly) and wondering how hemade his tricks work.
He limits his tricks to a few really good ones and keeps theaudience engaged through stories of his childhood and career steps. Jones saidthat he “stands on the shoulders of giants” and his illusions are both originaland based on his mentors’ illusions.
Following the show, Skeleton VIP Key holders are able to goto the green room and have a 15-minute chat with Jones to see some up-close tricksand ask questions, but he isn’t giving the answers to “how did you do thattrick”. 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 inothers so it helps with making his show work (for instance, juggling coins inhis hands based on spatial awareness).
Eric wowed me with his down to earth, humble attitude. I foundmyself listening to his words and his passion for people and a message throughouthis show that you should take what youare 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 innercity schools and ingraining into teens the importance of making something ofyourself through your passions. As a mama who has done this, it made a few tearscome to my eyes.
If you’d like to check out “IMPOSSIBLE”, you have until March 17,