Magic at the Grand Royale, Hyde Park
I love magic. I don’t want to know how the tricks are realised, I just want to suspend my disbelief and enter a childlike state of wonder that builds and builds as the show unfolds.So I was delighted to be asked along to review Sonic aka Tony Middleton at the historic Grand Royale hotel just off Hyde Park and right by Queensway tube. I decided to take my 14 year old son to see how he would react to his first live magic show.I was aware of Sonic from his appearances on ITV’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us but for the Magic Hour he has constructed a highly original Friday night experience-a show of Victorian & turn of the century style magic, in the drawing room of the Grand Royale. The hotel has a tremendous history having been built for Lillie Langtry, mistress of Edward VII and is the perfect setting for Sonic’s evocative reinterpretation of magic’s golden age.As holders of premium tickets we were given a ‘magic’ cocktail on arrival in the historic bar area and then shown to our front row seats where a Sonic DVD, a pack of cards and a fascinating show programme were waiting for us.And then the show started. I’m not going to give too much away but my son described it as “Enthralling”. To give you an idea of the content we watched open-mouthed as Sonic delivered fantastic examples of sleight of hand, illusions and mind reading, all presented with a surefire comedic touch.
The Magic Hour
1-9 Inverness Terrace,
Bayswater, W2 3JP
STANDARD: £25 (plus booking fee)
Includes: 1 show ticket and a magic cocktail on arrival.
PREMIUM: £40 (plus booking fee)
Includes: 1 show ticket, 1 magic cocktail per person, a full-colour 30-page programme, and the Sonic: Street Magic DVD