Due to the COVID-19 regulations, the National Arts Festival is set to take place virtually for the second year in a row.
Cape Town-based magician and entertainer, Alexander May, will be presenting a magic and mentalism show using the Zoom platform that was created especially for the festival. Audiences can be reached anywhere in the world and people won’t need to travel to Makhanda (previously Grahamstown) to watch the performance.
The show, called I’MPossible, is an interactive 40-minute long presentation that has been designed with the purpose of overcoming the inherent limitations created by online events. It’s the only show at the festival that will not only be live-streamed or on video-on-demand presentation, but will be hosted as a Zoom meeting, ensuring maximum audience participation.
Mr May creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere starting with comedy magic before his mind-reading extravaganza kicks off. Many of the routines create an experience with the participant becoming one with the powers of magic.
Another advantage of the Zoom format is that the reactions of the audience can be seen by everyone in real-time. Alexander believes that the energy of the audience is very important and asks that participants keep their video on throughout the show.
The first show was hosted on Saturday July 10 and received very positive responses. Another Zoom based show has been added to the festival line-up and will take place on Saturday, July 17 at 4pm.
Access to the show only cost R35, and can be purchased on the National Arts Festival website – https://nationalartsfestival.co.za/show/alexander-may-impossible/