Maxwell Blade Theater Of Magic

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  • 121 Central Ave

    Hot Spgs Natl Pk, AR 71901

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  • 501-623-6200

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My family saw Maxwell Blade's show in July 2015 & LOVED it. I had read these extremely opposite reviews so we found out for ourselves.

Im pleased to say we had a great experience. He seemed genuine and connected with the audience. Honestly, it was much more than I ever expected and included music, comedy & amazing tricks. The musical selections, coordinated with the illusions, totally drew me in. Especially the final one. It's completely awesome.

He did have some kids who volunteered but he went overboard to make sure they were good and knew exactly what was coming. They didn't look distressed at any point. My child is 4 and yes there is darkness in the theater at times but she was with one of us and was never scared.

The ticket price was a great bang for the buck! It was an hr. & 1/2 or so....definitely worth the time and left us going "Hmmm? How DID he do THAT?!"

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My family saw Maxwell Blade's show in July 2015 & LOVED it. I had read these extremely opposite reviews so we found out for ourselves.

Im pleased to say we had a great experience. He seemed genuine and connected with the audience. Honestly, it was much more than I ever expected and included music, comedy & amazing tricks. The musical selections, coordinated with the illusions, totally drew me in. Especially the final one. It's completely awesome.

He did have some kids who volunteered but he went overboard to make sure they were good and knew exactly what was coming. They didn't look distressed at any point. My child is 4 and yes there is darkness in the theater at times but she was with one of us and was never scared.

The ticket price was a great bang for the buck! It was an hr. & 1/2 or so....definitely worth the time and left us going "Hmmm? How DID he do THAT?!"

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I thoroughly agree with Crystal B. The Maxwell Blade Magic Show was fabulous. The one dude who complained about his whiney little kid being scared needs to just get a life!! My 2 DAUGHTERS laughed and laughed at that same routine that the little kid was so scared about and the other complainer was dead wrong! The show was funny and very entertaining. We will not hesitate to recommend that everyone go see this terrific show. Way to go Maxwell Blade!

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I thoroughly agree with Crystal B. The Maxwell Blade Magic Show was fabulous. The one dude who complained about his whiney little kid being scared needs to just get a life!! My 2 DAUGHTERS laughed and laughed at that same routine that the little kid was so scared about and the other complainer was dead wrong! The show was funny and very entertaining. We will not hesitate to recommend that everyone go see this terrific show. Way to go Maxwell Blade!

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I have no idea what the other people writing reviews are talking about! My husband and I went to see Maxwell Blade's show and we thought it was wonderful! The magic was great and he kept our attention the entire time. As far as the gillitean trick he did not make any kids do it that didn't want to and no one cried. We would definitely recommend going to see the show!

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I have no idea what the other people writing reviews are talking about! My husband and I went to see Maxwell Blade's show and we thought it was wonderful! The magic was great and he kept our attention the entire time. As far as the gillitean trick he did not make any kids do it that didn't want to and no one cried. We would definitely recommend going to see the show!

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My family and I had the misfortune of falling victim to one of the worst acts of poor judgement I have ever seen while attending Maxwell's Magic show last weekend. As I write this, I am still angry with myself for not pulling my son off the stage earlier than I did. It all happened very fast and I certainly wasn't expecting what I saw.

Maxwell asked my 10 year old son to please come up on stage to help him with a trick and told him how "brave" he looked. He then proceeded to lock his neck in a huge guilotine and moved a basket in front of him for his head to fall into. He then asked another young girl on stage to pull the lever. At this point I was half way on stage and could see my son's face starting to cry. I told Maxwell to get him out, which he immediately did. I took my horrified and embarassed son back to sit on my lap where he continued to cry and shake. My 14 year old daughter wiped tears away. I was mortified! The crowd went very quiet and I saw a couple women wipe tears away. At the break one woman came over to us and said that "as a mother", she could not believe what she was seeing and felt terribly bad for our family.

Oh yea, Maxwell tried to make up for it by saying he had only had a child leave a couple times in the 18 yrs he had been doing the "trick" (NO WAY). He gave my son a free magic kit, $20.00 bill (strange) and free coke and popcorn. BIG DEAL!

After the show, I told Maxwell to think about what he was doing with that trick. He became very defensive, so I chose not to pursue the conversation any further with the egomaniac. Figured it would be like trying to argue with a drunk person.

I am shocked that he would think there was ANYTHING entertaining about this trick. Yes, Maxwell, my son is brave! We had a long talk on the way home about how YOU are the only one that should be embarassed about pulling this disgustingly morbid trick off on scared children for the past 18 years. Just read the review before mine that mentioned your "trick" as well and was also disgusted by it. WAKE up and STOP scaring children! You have 3 of your own, one would think you would know better. Shame on you!!

I hope by writing this, I can save someone else from reliving this experience. Don't waste your money or your time!

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My family and I had the misfortune of falling victim to one of the worst acts of poor judgement I have ever seen while attending Maxwell's Magic show last weekend. As I write this, I am still angry with myself for not pulling my son off the stage earlier than I did. It all happened very fast and I certainly wasn't expecting what I saw.

Maxwell asked my 10 year old son to please come up on stage to help him with a trick and told him how "brave" he looked. He then proceeded to lock his neck in a huge guilotine and moved a basket in front of him for his head to fall into. He then asked another young girl on stage to pull the lever. At this point I was half way on stage and could see my son's face starting to cry. I told Maxwell to get him out, which he immediately did. I took my horrified and embarassed son back to sit on my lap where he continued to cry and shake. My 14 year old daughter wiped tears away. I was mortified! The crowd went very quiet and I saw a couple women wipe tears away. At the break one woman came over to us and said that "as a mother", she could not believe what she was seeing and felt terribly bad for our family.

Oh yea, Maxwell tried to make up for it by saying he had only had a child leave a couple times in the 18 yrs he had been doing the "trick" (NO WAY). He gave my son a free magic kit, $20.00 bill (strange) and free coke and popcorn. BIG DEAL!

After the show, I told Maxwell to think about what he was doing with that trick. He became very defensive, so I chose not to pursue the conversation any further with the egomaniac. Figured it would be like trying to argue with a drunk person.

I am shocked that he would think there was ANYTHING entertaining about this trick. Yes, Maxwell, my son is brave! We had a long talk on the way home about how YOU are the only one that should be embarassed about pulling this disgustingly morbid trick off on scared children for the past 18 years. Just read the review before mine that mentioned your "trick" as well and was also disgusted by it. WAKE up and STOP scaring children! You have 3 of your own, one would think you would know better. Shame on you!!

I hope by writing this, I can save someone else from reliving this experience. Don't waste your money or your time!

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While visiting Hot Springs, my husband and I received a very "high praise" recommendation from a local merchant that Maxwell Blade's Magic show was "THE" thing to see in Hot Springs. I specifically asked if this was a "professional" magic show and not some "cheesy" slight of hand, street magic. She assured me it was top notch and "world class". She even mentioned that he was "written up" in big magazines, was on YouTube. (Uh, so am I, so that should have been my first clue.)

On that recommendation and reading reviews we found online, we made reservations and went to the show. It's a very small, intimate theater, only 100 seats, which makes it very nice and cozy and easy to see the stage. I'm not certain, but I think it was a recent move into this theater, and a "downsize" of his staff and assistants and his show. The beginning of the show was some music and a dark stage with smoke. This was followed, finally, by Maxwell coming on the stage performing the same old tired magic, with cards, scarves from the hand, etc. His "assistants" were young teen-aged/early 20's boys and his two daughters, aged 11 and 5. The magic was the same old "street corner" magic with nothing new or original. It appeared almost as if this was the first week of this show as Mr. Blade seemed to be having trouble with props, (dropping things, things falling off his tables, his continuous looking off stage and asking for help and talking to his assistants, almost as if this was the first time this particular show was being performed. I REALLY wanted to love this show, and kept hoping throughout that he would work out the kinks and it would get better.

It didn't.

He spoke many times of how he "used to" perform in Vegas, with these huge productions and large staff, etc. He even eluded to having been in a "3-hit rock band" back in the 80's, but because of "lawsuits" he couldn't mention the name, but reassured you that "you have heard of them!" After an extensive and LONG search of 80's rock bands, I could find nothing.

What really put me off throughout the entire show, was the fact that he kept "selling" his "tricks" from the gift shop, especially his "$20 'bag of tricks" which included nothing more than "dime store" card tricks and fake frame. More than once, several times actually, he would "remind' you of the $20 bag of tricks you could purchase upon leaving, or during intermission. It was very off-putting to say the least.

My husband and I don't have children, so the kids he brought on stage to "assist" with the magic were not as entertaining as you would think, especially when one of the tricks included the "offing of" one of the kids' heads! I'm sure his mom was "happy" about that one! The kid nearly peed his pants he was so frightened.

All in all, this one is for adults with kids. Young kids, because any kid over 15 or 16 will be as bored to tears as we were.

I'm sorry to do this, but after receiving the "rave recommendation" which was obviously a "plant" since she worked right next door, and after reading the reviews I found before making the reservations were either made up, or during the time before Mr. Blade moved into this new venue and lost his "staff of 13" at his old venue.

Bottom Line: Save the $30 (per couple) and go have a nice meal or see something else. This one is a waste of time and money.

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While visiting Hot Springs, my husband and I received a very "high praise" recommendation from a local merchant that Maxwell Blade's Magic show was "THE" thing to see in Hot Springs. I specifically asked if this was a "professional" magic show and not some "cheesy" slight of hand, street magic. She assured me it was top notch and "world class". She even mentioned that he was "written up" in big magazines, was on YouTube. (Uh, so am I, so that should have been my first clue.)

On that recommendation and reading reviews we found online, we made reservations and went to the show. It's a very small, intimate theater, only 100 seats, which makes it very nice and cozy and easy to see the stage. I'm not certain, but I think it was a recent move into this theater, and a "downsize" of his staff and assistants and his show. The beginning of the show was some music and a dark stage with smoke. This was followed, finally, by Maxwell coming on the stage performing the same old tired magic, with cards, scarves from the hand, etc. His "assistants" were young teen-aged/early 20's boys and his two daughters, aged 11 and 5. The magic was the same old "street corner" magic with nothing new or original. It appeared almost as if this was the first week of this show as Mr. Blade seemed to be having trouble with props, (dropping things, things falling off his tables, his continuous looking off stage and asking for help and talking to his assistants, almost as if this was the first time this particular show was being performed. I REALLY wanted to love this show, and kept hoping throughout that he would work out the kinks and it would get better.

It didn't.

He spoke many times of how he "used to" perform in Vegas, with these huge productions and large staff, etc. He even eluded to having been in a "3-hit rock band" back in the 80's, but because of "lawsuits" he couldn't mention the name, but reassured you that "you have heard of them!" After an extensive and LONG search of 80's rock bands, I could find nothing.

What really put me off throughout the entire show, was the fact that he kept "selling" his "tricks" from the gift shop, especially his "$20 'bag of tricks" which included nothing more than "dime store" card tricks and fake frame. More than once, several times actually, he would "remind' you of the $20 bag of tricks you could purchase upon leaving, or during intermission. It was very off-putting to say the least.

My husband and I don't have children, so the kids he brought on stage to "assist" with the magic were not as entertaining as you would think, especially when one of the tricks included the "offing of" one of the kids' heads! I'm sure his mom was "happy" about that one! The kid nearly peed his pants he was so frightened.

All in all, this one is for adults with kids. Young kids, because any kid over 15 or 16 will be as bored to tears as we were.

I'm sorry to do this, but after receiving the "rave recommendation" which was obviously a "plant" since she worked right next door, and after reading the reviews I found before making the reservations were either made up, or during the time before Mr. Blade moved into this new venue and lost his "staff of 13" at his old venue.

Bottom Line: Save the $30 (per couple) and go have a nice meal or see something else. This one is a waste of time and money.

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