It may seem a while away yet but we cannot wait for half term at the Maltings, as our favourite magical double act, Morgan & West are returning bringing us not one, but two shows full of silliness and entertaining wizardry. We caught up with half of the duo, Magician Morgan, to find out more about the best trick he’s ever seen, how they warm up for a show and who’s the better magician, Morgan or West?!
morgan & west shout out to the Maltings!
What’s the best bit about being a magician?
There’s nothing quite like, at the age of 30, standing on stage in front of a room full of people and pretending to be able to do the impossible. Not only that but doing it because it’s what they want you to do. They’re along for the ride, and you’re driving this big, silly, ostentatious magic bus and everyone is buckled in for the ride!
How did you get in to magic?
I (Mr Morgan) was a big fan of Derren Brown and Mr West spent a lot of his youth learning to juggle and hanging out with circusy-types. We both, rather independently, started playing with card tricks whilst studying for science degrees in university and our love of magic grew from that.
How do you warm up for the show?
Badly. Mr West does some vocal warm-ups but quite honestly I just tend to wait until ten minutes before curtain to get into costume and go for it. Putting on the costume really gets me in the right frame of mind and character, I rarely need anything extra.
Why should we come to the show?
Because both shows are amazing. Quite literally. There are impossibilities contained within that delight and bamboozle even the most cynical of people. Magic is true escapism, like a really good film or play. Everything is ‘fake’ so get down and have some fun!
Have you ever been floored by an audience member’s shout out?
Yes, but not in the way that you’d expect. In a Christmas show some years ago I was interrupting Mr West trying to do a trick (as I had done for the past thirty-something shows) and a small child in the front row was laughing. Loudly. This turned into stifled cries of ‘Stop it! Stop it! Stop it you idiot!’, at which point we both fell about laughing. That was brilliant.
Magician of the past or present, who do you most admire?
Derren Brown. He’s just great at what he does both magically and as a performer. Same goes for Penn & Teller really.
What’s the best trick you’ve ever witnessed?
Golly. That’s a tough one. September 2011, MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas. David Copperfield’s show. In the middle of the stage, on pillars, surrounded by audience members, he makes a car appear from seemingly nowhere. Still not idea on that one. Not a clue.
Who is the best magician, Morgan or West?
Mr West. I barely know what I’m doing. Sometimes I think I’m just here to do all the heavy lifting and answering the emails…
Morgan & West bring two shows to the Maltings on Sun 11 February. Visit our what’s on page to find out more and book tickets.