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“Fun Illusions --BUT WAY TOO SHORT”
Review of Kirby VanBurch Show - CLOSED

Kirby VanBurch Show
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Owner description: Up close and personal with the World's Most Awarded Magicians - Kirby and Bambi! Mindreading, impossible sleight of hand, and excellent audience participation in an intimate, limited seating venue.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Thompsons Station, TN
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204 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Fun Illusions --BUT WAY TOO SHORT”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

We were really looking forward to this show as my wife loves magic and illusions. That part was not disappointing but the show is billed as two hours and it's not even close. It started almost 15 (8:15) minutes late had a 20 minute intermission (to sell you things) and then the show was done at 9:30. I kinda feel cheated it was so short. We've been to several shows in Branson and most are right at 2 hours. Not Kirby. As long a you go into this knowing that it's not a bad show.

Visited December 2012
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4 Thank Carl M
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English first
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great show”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

my kids really loved it and I also had a great time will love to see it again the next I come to branson

Visited December 2012
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7 Thank mark c
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Missouri
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“They don't call him Kirby for nothin'”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We've seen Kirby's show a few times, the last time being probably about 6 years ago. He used to have a really good show. Because we've enjoyed his show in the past we decided to see it when we traveled to Branson last weekend. The theater stinks. Literally. It smells musty and is run down. The guy that does card tricks and tries to get you to buy stuffed tigers before the show was not very entertaining. Kirby used to have a great warm up act, Circus Boy if my memory isn't failing me. He was great but this current card trick guy....not so much. The show started late, and not just a few minutes late, almost a half hour late. When the curtain finally went up, there was some kind of incident during the first trick and the curtain suddenly went down again. After some time, card trick guy came back out and told the audience that a member of the show was injured and they were trying to figure out how the show would go on without this member. Quite a while later the curtain finally went back up and the show went on. Not a word of apology from Kirby nor any acknowledgement of the delay or inconvenience for the audience. We've got a guess about "who" was injured but because it's just a guess I'll keep that to myself.

Kirby was obviously not having fun. He just went through the motions, no energy or enthusiasm. His last act which is talked up throughout the show as being such a big amazing act finally came. There was no build up or dramatic pretending to do magic, he just basically said here's my big act and pointed at the curtain which went up and there sat a helicopter. Yawn. He's did this same trick last time we saw his show and it was done with so much more flourish years ago. We were truly amazed at how awful the show is now, especially considering how good it used to be.

Don't waste your money on this show. It's horrible and Kirby did not sign autographs after the show or during the intermission either. Save your money and go see a good show.

Visited December 2012
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Winfield, Missouri
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Seems questionable before the start, but great show”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Just by the look of the old theater and fact that it was not very crowded made us a little hesitant at first, but it ended up being a great show! Even the illusions where you knew what they were doing they did them so well we were amazed. I loved the fact that Kirby shared God's word at the end! You don't see that often, he has a great opportunity to reach many people, great job Kirby!

Visited December 2012
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IA
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42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not the show I expected”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

Love magic and illusions and was looking forward to this show. We went to a Sunday night show and sat in the 9th row which turned out to be the last row of people in the theater that easily would have held 3 - 4 times the number attending. Kirby is somewhat low key, but with the small audience everything seemed slow. On one illusion he wanted the audience to react to something he said and when the reaction wasn't what he expected he told his assistant to move on to the next illusion. The illusions were all top notch, but the performance was very low energy and felt even lower with the small crowd. His wife also does illusions in the show and is very good as well.

Visited September 2012
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