So, I must say, I was a magic skeptic. I visited Vegas without ever seeking out Siegfried OR Roy, and I have never been inside a magic shop. I also did not believe a magic show would hold my toddlers attention. How wrong I was!!
Grand Magic Show in Custer was an absolute delight! Not only were the owners, operators and performers incredibly personable and available for questions, photos, autographs and after-show visiting, but they were also really captivating and entertaining during the show.
Even more important than my scrutiny for a review is the challenge of entertaining my two year old son and my high-energy husband! Well, mission accomplished on this one! It may even be true to say that as far as attractions that we attended go, this was my husband’s FAVORITE! I was floored by these discoveries and for that reason feel compelled to recommend this show to all families!
In the audience we saw kiddos of all ages, some older folks, many families with multiple ages and even some couples that appeared to be on a 'date night!' True, there is the obligatory slapstick comedy and corny audience participation, but that is part of what makes the experience so fun! The magician uses 'volunteers' from the audience throughout the program to keep everyone involved.
There is a pretty good soundtrack that is somewhat themed to the particular magic act going on and having music makes it much more entertaining. One of the most fun elements of the show was to see my husband trying to figure out how these feats were being accomplished and being totally stumped. My toddler also insisted on going on stage, which caused him to receive a minor time out post-outburst but even after derailing he came back to his seat to see more!
The use of live animals in some of the acts was really neat for everyone, but especially the kids in the audience. We especially loved being able to meet Boris at the end of the show along with the rest of the cast of performers, since we had a Great Pyrenees until March of this year--that just made my son's day!
There were snacks (deliciously tempting smells of popcorn) and even cotton candy available for purchase. Laflin himself put together a "magic kit" that he really believes is a fun start for aspiring magicians, which I thought, was a nice touch. He also made a point to give each of his audience participants a prize of some sort for being good sports.
This is a show where you can feel good bringing a toddler or your grandmother without being mortified or embarrassed of the humor, wardrobe or content of the show--so RARE these days! Laflin even made mention of the importance of family-friendliness to the show and to his family and their business/mission.
The ONLY part of the show that may not appeal to everyone in the audience was that there is a quick mention of religious themes, which is not off-putting to me and my family, but may be to some.
We couldn't have had a better time and I didn't see it coming. I was just stunned that we had such a great time. It was conveniently located on the "hotel" end of town, near the Super 8 and Holiday Inn Express, so it is an easy walk from your hotel if you stay at one of the properties on the "main drag."
**Thank you to the Custer Chamber of Commerce and Grand Magic Show for making our visit a complimentary one. All opinions are my own and we did LOVE the show! We were not compensated in any other way.**