H has always been interested in magic, both watching it and having a go at doing it (since Grandad got Daddy’s old magic set out of the attic). So he and I were both thrilled when Disney very kindly sent us tickets to enable us to review Mickey’s Magic Show.
So tonight we turned up to the show’s opening night at the NIA – it started in Nottingham at the weekend and is on at various destinations through the school holidays. There’s a list of the venues and dates at the bottom of this post, so you can see where you can catch the show.
There are four lead Disney characters that appear regularly through the show: Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy. Introducing the show are 2 human magicians, one is an apprentice magician and the other an experienced old hand. Their story helps link the scenes together. The magic mostly happens in a series of scenes each taken from a Disney film, so we had Cinderella, Snow White. Aladdin, Fantasia and more. Whilst knowledge of the stories probably makes the show more enjoyable, it’s by no means essential. Disney princesses feature heavily in these scenes, if your child is a fan of these.
Audience participation was a strong point and H and the friend we brought along were shouting and joining in all the way through. One or two members of the audience were picked out to participate, but these seemed to come from the front seats, which makes sense I suppose.
I did find the NIA rather noisy and there were lots of comings and goings, which is often the way when small children are involved. It’s worth talking to your children about merchandise and expected purchases before you go in. There were lots of nice things available to buy and it could very quickly get expensive. If you bought a programme for £8, soft drinks at £2 each (this is from the NIA catering points), various toys including some fab looking spinning, light up numbers which cost £14, you could end up spending £25 or more on extras per child.
My favourite part of the show was the Fantasia sequence with the dancing broomsticks and the classic cut a lady in half trick was a close second. H was also fascinated by this trick and is keen to find out how it is done. He found parts of the Snow White section a bit frightening and I wonder if it is because we haven’t watched that film, so he doesn’t know the story and the fact that it all turns out for the best in the end. I particularly enjoyed watching him watch the show and he was on the edge of his seat a lot of the time and there was a lot of laughter going on. As an adult it wasn’t that appealing to me as a show, but then it’s not me that it’s aimed at. Magic tricks appeal to children greatly and I enjoyed watching these too. H (5) and his friend (7) enjoyed the show which runs for about an hour and 40 minutes, including an interval.
Tour Dates for Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show:
The NIA, Birmingham
Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th July 2012
The Lowry Theatre, Salford
Wednesday 1st August – Sunday 5th August 2012
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Wednesday 8th – Saturday 11th August 2012
Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th August 2012
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th August 2012
Tickets range from £16.50 – £23.00