Can Magicians Cope With COVID-19?
How Hitchcock's famous words helped magical father-and-son innovate techniques to battle the challenges of Coronavirus
They christened these new events Jiggery Pokery Online Magic Shows, lasting approximately 60-minutes once every month. The next show is on 31st July 2020 at 7 P.M. BST. These incredible shows combine Variety-style humour, classical magic, and modern mind-reading with a cutting-edge way of making the unexplainable happen on people's phones.
But this also presented the pair of magicians with a whole new challenge: How do they take their magic, some of it over 150 years old and designed to be seen up-close in Victorian drawing rooms, and make it work for an audience who could be binging on Netflix or hopping through endless YouTube videos?
Both of them are huge fans of movies, and love including their enthusiasm for classic films across their shows. They found the solution to this thorny obstacle in one of Alfred Hitchcock's quotes: 'There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.'
Jiggery Pokery is all about whether you can believe what you see or see what you believe. Up until the very last second of the show, they have their audiences in delicious anticipation trying to guess what is real and what is magic – or is it all just Jiggery Pokery?
This anticipation keeps people hooked. It's a question that's even more relevant in today's world of misinformation and sceptical attitudes towards authority figures, and it's one people are genuinely fascinated by. It's this underlying anticipation, combined with Alex and George's warm Variety-style, tongue-in-cheek humour, and passionate love for performing magic, that makes the Jiggery Pokery Online Magic Shows more than a match for their previous work.
COVID-19 and the strict and necessary social distancing practices nearly killed off their beloved business and the entire entertainment industry. But with a touch of innovative thinking, a dab of inspiration from a genius film director, and a love for all things mischievous, mysterious, and magical, this pair of father-and-son magicians have opened up a whole new avenue for engaging and entertaining people with amazing, mind-melting online magic.
The next Jiggery-Pokery show is on 31st July 2020 at 7 P.M. BST. Tickets are £5.99 per screen and are available from http://www.agmagiciansonline.com/