I Know All About Stage Illusions
But I couldn't build one ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 29/05/2018 @ 8:00AM
You'll probably be surprised, but at this time of year, my mind turns to pantomime. Apart from appearing in them, I'm often called upon to advise on stage illusions which I am pretty au fait with ...
When it comes to stage illusions, I know all about them, but I couldn't build one.
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I know how to make the princess float up in the air and then disappear. Or climb into a box and then vanish and appear somewhere else. I even know about sawing a woman in half as that's all stock in trade when it comes to illusion.
"Whatever stage illusions are required, I arrange for the apparatus to be imported, often from China."
But I've got to thinking; it must be the time to actually make some stage illusions. The problem is that while I know how to make it all, I'm fairly hopeless at actually constructing it. I'm not a natural carpenter - as my wife will attest to - with regard even to a fairly straightforward shelf in the kitchen.
So this is a shout out to any local master carpenters who would like to work with me on this project. It's fiddly and exacting construction work with wood and metalwork and very exact measurements.,.
"But there is good money in it
when we get it right."
If you're interested and would like to find out more about building stage illusions with me, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's have a chat.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.