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Pantomime And The Art Of The Disappearing Act

Magic is all part of the show ...

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Now that summer has come and gone, it's time to turn my attention to pantomime. I'm currently working on making people disappear and re-appear somewhere else ...

In Pantomime, magic is all part of the show.

In Pantomime, magic is all part of the show.

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It's not new of course, but there are many different ways of doing it. What is important is how easy it is to perform, but what is essential is how easy is it to set up. Pantomime producers want special effects, but they need them to be easily set up and performed.

"I've studied how to do this for some time."

Thankfully, I've found someone to work with who can build exactly what I need to achieve the effects that I think work the best. Here is the effect that I'm working on. It's a showstopper effect, but does need some work to get it right.

I'll let you know how it's going, but if you are a panto producer, then do come and see me as I have a number of effects that I'm working on that I know you're going to love.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about my pantomime effects then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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