A couple weeks ago, J took me out on a date day! Despite my poor health (was on the mend for bronchitis) I found myself going through a whirlwind of different emotions from shock, joy and wonder. He surprised me with tickets to shows that were part of the of the PuSH festival – An  international performing arts festival  in Vancouver known for groundbreaking, international and critically acclaimed work from artists of different disciplines.

The first show we watched was “Bullet Catch” by Rob Drummond. (Photo by Niall Walker)

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There are varying degrees of reviews for this performance, but the one I caught was brilliant, not because of the grand trick at the end, but by the grasp of emotional tension within this show. Rob Drummond tells the tale of William Wonder and his death at the attempt of the Bullet Catch (catching a fired bullet into your mouth) Majority of the show was of this narrative and extends to a deeper level by having the audience take their thoughts and examine their lives. He asked for a volunteer, goes through a few magic tricks and mind reading exercise that clearly impresses the audience. But for many of us cynics, we delighted in knowing these tricks as he offered them in the show due to a show of hands that obliged. You’re probably wondering – what was the point? There is criticism that this show was a poorly done magic show. Let us not forget – this is a theatre performance with magic. Hence, why I could afford to appreciate it for what it was. The most significant moment I felt (and this was what drove me to tears) was when Rob asked his volunteer to take a gun and shoot it into this mouth. He had spent the last hour, divulging into the volunteer’s life, knowing what she stood for and ultimately sharing her soul with the audience. Who does that in an hour and 15?!? The heavy silence, the look of sadness in her eyes and that pivotal moment of choice, was what moved me. She couldn’t do it. And the audience was asked whether they would like him to proceed – some walked out. I was close to leaving, but J stopped me. Why miss the show’s headline? He explained.

And at the count to 3 and the drop of his hand, the gun fired and……

Check out “Bullet Catch” at the Revue Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company.
Show only running until Feb 7! Don’t miss it.

“Thrill seekers should go for the danger, thinkers for the philosophy, theatrical types for the drama, those of a curious disposition can go for the magic. And for all you cynics, just go for the Bullet Catch.”

—Londonist

 

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