Casey Rough | Visual Editor
The Wizards stream is live on Friday night as part of the Magic of Freedom at Home.
Robert Ramirez balances a bucket on the keyboard in his living room, magically mixing and mixing up coloured liquids while joking with the audience via a webcam.
This structure may seem modest, but for Ramirez and his fellow sorcerer Siegfried Tiberius it is a new reality. Last Friday the two artists from Los Angeles were presented at Liberty Magic @ Home. This is Liberty Magic’s latest show, the Downtown Concert Hall run by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which will be aired on the Trust’s YouTube and Facebook pages on Friday at 7:30pm.
The host of the show is Zoe Ruth, director of the Liberty Magic Room. According to Ruth, Liberty Magic @ Home began as a way to connect the site’s regular customers and fans with the magical community, while the site is closed in the city centre due to the COWID 19 pandemic.
We have a lot of subscribers who are regular fans of Liberty Magic, which we see on every show, Ruth said. We wanted to keep enchanting them and communicating with them.
Ramirez opened at night with a torn piece of paper. He started to cover and reveal the tracks, put them together one by one and reveal the Liberty Magic @ Home lyrics written on the form while he sang an inspiring melody.
Ramirez often brings this musical flair to his shows – he toured Broadway with the musical On the Heights, and last winter he played a mix of musical theatre and magic in Liberty. Tiberius was also a famous act of the magic of freedom. His stay of three weeks in April was postponed due to reservations from home.
Ruth said that any magician who has booked a virtual series has performed on a set in the past or will perform in the future.
Excellent artists are wizards whose material inspires us and we want to continue to show them, says Ruth.
Tiberius structured his virtual show around the theme of order and chaos and demonstrated this with two magical cubes. He informed the public that in Rubik’s Cuba there are 43 quintiles with different possible arrangements of squares, mixed one into a random pattern, covered it up and started reproducing the same pattern on another cube.
According to Tiberius, the story plays a major role in most of his plays, which often revolve around a central idea like a dice trick of a rubik. He said that this style of storytelling enables him to communicate more deeply with the audience.
I use tricks or games as an excuse to share this idea with people and explore it for them. I consider myself both a storyteller and a wizard, Tiberius said.
The wizards also received questions from two regular followers of the magic of freedom via webcam. Tiberius and Ramirez discussed the magical scene in Los Angeles and the role of the Magic Castle, the famous Los Angeles theatre, in the development of the city into an important center of wizards.
The two artists moved to Los Angeles to work with the Magic Castle. Tiberius said that Dai Vernon, the figurehead of the magical world, brought many students to the twentieth century. century and many of them are still spreading.
We wizards always said that Beethoven had music, Einstein had doctors, and Dai Vernon, Tiber said.
The show ended with a small performance by Ramirez, one of his favourites, where the ball is moved through a glass without touching the glass or the ball. Despite having brought old classics to Friday’s dream, Ramirez says the switch to the internet has forced him to change his performance and use his creativity for good.
It helped me stay creative, and that’s… How can you adapt or create new things, depending on the circumstances and the platform you have? Mr. Ramirez said.
But for Tieber, switching to a video performance has limited his ability to communicate directly with the audience and ask them to make decisions for him, because what he says is the key to his performance, because their decisions actively influence him. Yet Tieber has found ways to create an interactive experience.
Given the technology we have, the connection goes in two directions, according to Tibère. I can always ask people questions and ask them to make a decision that will influence the outcome of the event.
Ruth also said that movement through the network affects the way the audience experiences magic, because the trick can become less plausible if the viewer looks through the screen instead of seeing the physical object manipulated by the magician.
Much of the magic, especially in a live theatre environment, takes an object from the physical world that exists right in front of you, Ruth said. I take this ordinary object and I do something magical or impossible.
But Ruth added that living out dreams also offers great opportunities. She pointed out that Liberty Magic @ Home has connected Pittsburghhians with Californian magicians this week, and that this Friday two English artists will perform – Billy Kidd and Guy Hollingworth.
Right now, we need to move from canvas to canvas, but we have the ability to bring the magic from a canvas in Pittsburgh to a canvas in Los Angeles or a canvas in Pittsburgh to a canvas on the other side of the Atlantic, Ruth said.