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“Ok for a magic show.”
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
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The show was real slow and cheesy at the beginning. It got better later in show. I couldn't do the tricks but some of them I can see how he did them. The best part of the show was the story at the end when he was referring to being saved and quoting scripture.

Thank Scott B
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

If you are looking for a small magical show with a various amounts of okay acts, this show is worth going to. Kirby not very energetic and some acts lack oomph but kids there seemed to enjoy it. If you do not like snakes, you may need to be aware he brings a python out of a trunk.

Thank sunnyWashingtonstate
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We went into this show with reasonable expectations of a fun evening with friends in Branson. Had read glowing reviews of the show, and it was one of two shows we chose to see in Branson. We really enjoy illusionists, so we had a great attitude going in and were ready for a fun night. The brochure for this year's show strongly billed an illusion with a helicopter, which we were anticipating. Based on our experience we would definitely NOT recommend.

The show was lackluster from the start. The illusions, which we always enjoy, were okay. Some were fun and done with more polish, whereas others seemed a bit tired or less polished. Kirby seemed a bit emotionally flat. At one part of the show, he stepped on to the stage and when he went to speak, his microphone didn't work. He made no attempt to explain anything to the audience (the theatre is small enough and was lightly attended enough on the night we went that he could have easily been heard if he explained without a mic). He simply glared toward the control booth and strode off stage, which left the audience in an uncomfortable position. What followed was a 10-minute "pause" in the show, where background music came on and the curtain remained closed, but no announcements or explanations were made. After this, the show continued with an illusion or two, and then it was intermission. I'm not sure how long intermission was, but somewhere between 15-20 minutes or so. At intermission, the audience was greeted by a staffer offering to sell photographs of patrons (which were taken in front of a tiger backdrop as we entered the theatre) for $20.

Bambi did a few illusions. Her stage presence was good, but the illusions themselves were so-so. There is one where they pretend to switch bodies on a live chicken and a duck.As part of the illusion, they pretend to pull the heads off the chicken and the duck, complete with carrying the heads across part of the stage. Young children may have trouble understanding this illusion or find it disturbing. There was an illusion where a child volunteer is used from the audience. It was cute, and the audience really whooped it up in support of the kid on stage. It was the most endearing part of the show.

The illusion assistants had big smiles and good stage presence. The illusions with the big cats were fun and interesting, but we felt a bit uncomfortable because one cat (which appeared to be a black panther) had obvious lesions on its coat, and seemed to walk with a limp. The anticipated helicopter illusion never took place, which was a big disappointment. The evening ended with a small trick in the dark under black light, where Kirby tells a story about God putting a person's life back together like the pieces of a broken string which become whole. A nice sentiment, but a rather lackluster ending to a lackluster show. All included, the show was 90 minutes long, which included the aforementioned technical glitch and intermission.

This seemed to be a lot to spend for what was about an hour of so-so entertainment. Kirby started the night by stating that this theatre is their 10th one in Branson. He made a joke about being the only entertainer in Branson that is "touring Branson." It was a funny joke early in the show, but afterward we looked back and wondered if that should have been a clue.

At the very end of the show, Kirby mentioned that he'd be in the lobby to greet patrons, which is always a nice touch. It was a small crowd, so I don't think we missed it, but we did not see him at all as we exited either the upper loggia area or the darkened lobby past the shuttered coffee shop on the lower level. We wondered if we just missed something or if he just said he'd be there and then never came out.

Much is made of the awards that Kirby and Bambi have received for their illusions. Judging by the effusively glowing reviews others have given, there must have been a basis for these awards at some point, but we saw little evidence of it on our visit. We're an easygoing bunch who went in with average expectations and a desire to enjoy each other's company and a fun evening. Other than being together, this show disappointed at even meeting average expectations.

5  Thank Jen A
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Love Branson! We were rather disappointed in the Kirby VanBurch Show. One of his illusions he stopped and did not go any further to complete it. His only comment was he had some new people he hired. He also said his wife Bambi would come out to meet people. We ended up leaving since we did not ever see her come out. On the upside Branson is a blast. It seems to be the only place that still has a Five and Dime store left in America. Of course nothing we found was Five and Dime. It is rather going back in time to happy memories of your childhood experiences.

2  Thank JJK1023
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

This was one of the best show we saw in Branson. Kirby's magic was top-notch! We enjoyed Bambi's magic too, but it was done with small things like birds, so we couldn't really see what she was doing because we were too far from the stage. They are a great team.

Thank Joe_Scarf
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