Crist (shown) begins the show with a bang (no spoiler alert here) and ends the show with the amazing appearance of … well, something you wouldn’t expect to see on that stage; however, such an impact was made that there was a stunned gasp before the cascade of applause. In addition to appearances, disappearances, levitations, escapes and a visually beautiful illusion of astounding shadows called the Eclipse, Crist is facile at sleight of hand involving everything from ropes to Rubik's cubes.
Crist’s show is fast-paced and done without an intermission. His guest artist for the summer, Joe Diamond, is introduced in a smooth segue about halfway through the show. Diamond, whose mind-reading reputation precedes him, doesn’t disappoint. He starts out with an analogy comparing a deck of cards to life, but transitions into an amazing dream vacation involving audience participation. He’s a charmer.
Both magicians have their own style, both involve audience participation (limited by COVID, and I’d love to see what it used to be like), both are articulate, and both have superb senses of humor.
Crist is also fortunate to be assisted by the very agile and limber Shannon. She serves as a crucial, living prop in the mechanics of Crist’s illusions, and is integral to the infamous sawing the woman in half and the reconstruction of Houdini’s metamorphosis act. To Shannon and Crist’s credit in the construction of the acts, the stereotypical “female in peril” isn’t ever present; Crist also recognizes both Shannon’s and Diamond’s achievements.