‘Enchantments’ by Pierre Ulric
Enchantments is a solo magic show which is spilt into two parts; the first is a 45 minute story and the second is an optional Q & A session with Ulric afterwards.
The magic show follows a generic fairy tale, about rescuing a kidnapped child Princess with a magical book, across five acts (or quests) which encourages its young audience to be involved as young wizards.
The performances which captivated my child’s attention were the first quest which involved a magic rope, the fourth quest which involved a lot of colourful dragon eggs and real fire and the final quest which involved rescuing the Princess and saving the magic book.
However, the slow paced and generic story would have been better with 45 minutes of continually punchy magic tricks.
Ulric easily captivates the audience and had an excellent, expressive demeanour with the kids. Throughout the performance, Ulric used morals to remind the young audience about the magic within themselves.
I enjoyed seeing a mixed selection of kids selected to play the roles of Princesses, hench people and helpers. Ulric was very inclusive with every act; everyone had the opportunity to be selected across the auditorium and not just the front rows.
Just to keep the adults on their toes, Ulric had an ‘adults only helper’ in the middle of his show. Audience participation is key to enjoying Enchantments, and Ulric had his share of interested volunteers.
For the second part of Enchantments, Ulric waits for eager young wizards and adults after the performance; in the cinema foyer he will happily answer magic questions and perform quick magic tricks.
During the performance that I attended, the majority of attendees were primary school kids. However, there were also a handful of amused tweens and curious babies in the audience.
All ages and genders will get a couple of hours of entertainment from Enchantments – and more if they elect to purchase Ulric’s magic merchandise.
For would-be attendees with younger children who are inquisitive or prone to the occasional upsets, Ulric humourously acknowledged the ‘goblins and demons looking to steal the enchanted book’ as a narrative point to refocus the audience’s attention; and didn’t miss a beat.
As a parent of a younger child, I would also recommend sitting in the back row of the auditorium as it is pram friendly, and close to the exit.