We spent last night in Branson. Our show today was just North of Branson, and although it was one of the smaller audiences, it was very well received. This was an audience that loved magic! We had a reasonably quick setup and were able to pack the trailer very easily. Honestly, if all the shows went like this, I would be very happy. Then again, if I were asked to pick out the show on this tour that hasn't gone well, I'd be hard pressed to name anything- they've truly all been great!
So, the show was great. BUT, for the rest of our day... have you ever been to Branson? Paula and I came here on our second anniversary. Being that this tour was taking us right through the area, and given that the kids had never seen it, we did the same as with New York City and made sure to schedule some time to see the town. It's very similar to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and would almost remind you of a mini Las Vegas. Lunch was at The Great American Steak and Chicken House. Look at this giant chicken!
This is an entertainment town filled with theaters. If you want to see a show, there's a lot going on here- comedian Yakov Smirnov (it's been years since we saw his show but HIGHLY recommended), two Chinese acrobat shows, tons of country music, and of course, magic!
So, with a limited time frame, we had one show that we wanted to see. There's an illusionist in town named Taylor Reed. As an illusionist myself, I've watched Taylor for years via the internet. We actually have quite a bit in common- we both perform the larger illusions, we both create a lot of our own material for the show, we both build most of our own props, and we both are blessed to have our families involved with the show. Taylor's kids were recently on national TV!
His show was amazing. Everything he does has his own unique touch added to it. Here we are backstage with Taylor during the intermission:
Here's Lydia on stage with Taylor during the show:
Overall, this was just a great show if you like magic. And, if you don't, you're likely to change your mind after seeing this show. You will see A LOT during the performance. Taylor has some seriously gigantic illusions on his stage. I have great respect for anyone who can do a show of this size and still breathe! After the show, we visited for a while and talked magic. Taylor is a genuinely nice guy and we really had a lot of fun. Thanks again Taylor!
So, it was now getting late in the day and we had more than a four hour drive ahead of us. We drove on in to Wichita, Kansas for tomorrow's show. Just some advice, if you drive across Kansas, make sure you fill up your tank every chance you get- you really don't know when you'll pass another gas station (had the same issue with most of the states out West near the beginning of the tour).
Tomorrow's show is an event where they're going to bring in several busloads for the performance. Should be fun- still can't believe that we're now 40 shows in!