Grant Freeman’s R-Rated Magic Show is a couple of hours of wonder, accompanied by a generous measure of somewhat raunchy humor, wit and sarcasm

Comedy magician Grant Freeman presented his R-rated magic show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 at the AJ Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, NC’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

by Grant Freeman An R-rated magic show falls into a category known as magic comedy, and he is a master of the genre. His self-imposed “R” rating is well-deserved by some of the adult language, themes, topics, and sight gags he uses. In reality, however, there is nothing really offensive (for the adult spirit) in its material – just a few hours of wonder, accompanied by a generous dose of humor, wit and somewhat raunchy sarcasm.

Accompanied by upbeat music as he took to the stage, Freeman kept a non-stop sold-out house (as well as a state of wonder) during his Saturday, August 24 show at the AJ Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, in North Carolina. Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

His tricks involve everything from Rubik’s Cubes to magic coloring books, cards, strings, balloons and bunnies. Many of his routines involve spectators volunteering to join him on stage. Magic is as amazing as comedy is funny.

Much of the humor in comedy-magic comes from the comedian/magician’s commentary as the feats are performed. Some comedy magicians fall into the trap of “trying too hard” or “not trying hard enough”; but Grant Freeman manages to walk the fine line between overdoing and overdoing it, keeping the right balance between his twin art forms. Indeed, he has a style that holds his audience disabled– balance just enough time, so that their wonder at the intelligence of magical feats is never distracted or undermined by the humor and wit of the commentary.

Freeman’s act includes an interesting twist on one of Harry Houdini’s famous escapes, his own (probably unique) version of the routine of pulling a rabbit out of a hat, a plethora of unexpected sight gags, and a few assistants. (who may have been able to land their jobs through affirmative action).

If you have a favorite person to share laughs with, An R-rated magic show is definitely a great way to start a top-notch evening.

Grant Freeman played An R-rated magic show August 24 at the AJ Fletcher Opera Theater

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CRITICAL: Kurt Benrud graduated from Cary High School and NC State University, and taught English at both. He first became involved in local theater in 1980. He served on the board of the Cary Players and the Cary Playwrights’ Forum. He is also a volunteer reader for Triangle Radio Reading Service. Click here to read his comments on Triangle review and Triangle Arts and Shows.

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Brian L. Hartfield