Went to See Mac King's show at Harrah's in Las Vegas on April 11, 2012. I had seen him on television a few times for just brief segments or single tricks on local TV here in Las Vegas, but this was the first time I had seen him live and for his full show.
He only works afternoons, which allows for bringing in children or other folks who don't care to make a late-night out. As you'd expect, he works very clean, no profanity, although he spreads double-entendres and some very funny sight gags liberally throughout the act. A lot of his work is close-up magic, and he is genuinely an excellent magician.
I sat fairly close to the stage and was able to keep a very close eye on him while he performed his tricks, and I was flabbergasted at some of the things he pulled off. There were a lot of stunts involving cards, with him making the cards "disappear" or "fly" from one location to another. He did an extended gag with a rope that he continually cut and reassembled right in front of us, never turning his back or making any obvious attempt at hiding what he was doing.
Mac is also quite a funny guy. He presents himself as the consummate Kentucky rube, complete with a plaid suit that looks like something out of the 1890's, and his homespun humor fits that persona perfectly. He very sharp-witted, and adapts his spiel to the situations on the stage, which can change depending on whom he has pulled from the audience to help him during the show.
This isn't Lance Burton, Siegfried & Roy, Penn & Teller, or anything like their shows, and it's not intended to be. If you want to see an excellent magician, in a very low-key presentation, with lots of humor, you must go see Mac King. I was in stitches several times from his comments on stage, and as I said, was amazed at some of the tricks he performed.
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