“Audience buzz for magician William Pack’s ‘Exceptions to Reality’ crackled with electricity early in the Elgin Fringe Festival, and he did not disappoint.”
“Combining storytelling, memoir, and high quality magic, Pack skillfully sidesteps the charlatan image of some illusionists with his running commentary on the history and philosophy of the craft. But rather than short-changing the act, the narrative actually deepens the appreciation of the tricks, delivering the message that magic is just as powerful now as it was before technology made difficult things seem easy. All the best artists are devoted fans and students first, and Pack’s deep affection for this craft shows through in his detailed command of powers he knows are really much bigger than himself. ” -The Elgin Review, 2017 Elgin Fringe Festival
“Pack adeptly performs mind reading and sleight of hand. His gentle demeanor serves as a nice foil for his later, more squirm inducing illusions.” -Chicago Reader Review, 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival, Exceptions to Reality.
William Pack at the 2016 Elgin Fringe Festival
Posted by Mark Averill – theelginreview.blogspot.com
In a show entitled “A Life Among Secrets,” illusionist William Pack combines story-telling and quick-witted humor with classic sleight-of-hand and psychic magic. At first his friendly, laid back delivery may make you think you can outsmart him. And as he deconstructs a few basic tricks, he dares you to question “what’s the point?”
That’s the moment when two cards switch places, two handkerchiefs become one, and Pack produces secret words known only to the audience.
Numerous people share the stage at various times, as assistants, and Pack’s excellent showmanship will have you guessing whether he’s working with a confederate. With a mind as sharp as his switchblade, he makes it all look smooth and automatic — perfectly … magical.
The Chicagoland references and clever one-liners are a great use of space between tricks, but this is no warm up act. When you see the amazing recreations of famous tricks by Max Malini and Harry Houdini, made all the more mesmerizing by Pack’s historical accounts, your disbelief will disappear into thin air. And he does it all without a wand.
“It was really something to see the audience shift so
quickly from gasping in awe to laughter.” –P. Blubaugh
“U-Da-Man!” –Will Smith, Actor
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