Last year, when we reviewed the Reza Edge of Illusion show, we said that it was a true threat to the crown of the Haygoods as the best show in Branson.
So what would 2020 bring? Would they rise to that same level? Could they surpass it? Would Reza somehow be able to magically make COVID-19 disappear?
Man, I wish the latter could happen. That was the only thing Reza wasn’t able to pull off in his show.
The biggest difference between last year and this year’s show is that this year’s show is tighter, somehow more intense, and is able to maintain the audience’s interest from start to finish.
This means if you enjoyed Reza last year, you’re going to love this year’s show; and a new illusion that I don’t want to ruin will make you reconsider any time you might say your boss somehow screwed you at the office. Let’s just say one of Reza’s employees will be able to make that claim in a way you’ll never be able to do.
One of the better changes to this year’s show is moving the Ziggy, Artist of Oddities from the pre-show to the intermission part of the show; not only does it allow Ziggy to get more attention for his talent, it gives the show a ramping up from the break that most shows in Branson can’t bring to the table.
Reza has upped his showmanship this year, which given his high level of performance last year seemed something that would be very unlikely to do. His timing is perfect both for the scripted parts of the show and the sarcastic asides that he uses when interacting with the audience.
There is only one drawback to Reza’s show, and it’s something that he can’t control: the audience members who interact with him. The segments he has with the audience members can drag if the audience member is unable to comprehend their role in the bit. Unfortunately, there’s no way for Reza to really control that without picking people in advance; that’s something I can confirm they don’t do.
How do I know this? Because I was used as an audience member in his show, chosen at random by another audience member at random. Reza didn’t know I was going to be picked, and he certainly didn’t know the card I was going to choose ahead of time because I heard my son Eli whisper a card to me and I used his suggestion.
The audience segments where the audience members get their role, Reza’s outstanding with them.
The bottom line? Even if the majority of the illusions are the same as last year’s, they’re tighter, they’re more focused, and they’re just as amazing. You still won’t be able to tell how he does what he does (and you don’t want to because it would ruin the fun.)
Reza is still the standard for magic shows in Branson; there’s no question his show is worth anything you would pay to see it; and you can’t really say you’ve had the full Branson experience without letting Reza blow your mind.