Alex Black is on his fourth trip to the city as he enthrals audiences with new tricks up his sleeves.
Who is he? Alex was born in a remote corner of post-Soviet Russia in a family that struggled financially after the Soviet Union collapsed. The 33-year-old’s tryst with magic began with a chance encounter with a magician who piqued his interest in the art of magic. He then enrolled at Moscow’s Circus College. He’s performed in more than 20 countries.
- His show at the Mylapore Fine Arts Club Auditorium attracted an audience of all age groups. He makes use of holograms and keeps the tricks varied as Chennai audiences have become familiar with his act.
- One of the highlights of the evening was a vanishing act, with him appearing on the other end of the auditorium in seconds. His tour in Chennai will continue every weekend till November 27.
The craft: He’s not open to telling people how his tricks are done. Even with the classic sawing a person in half, audiences were amazed when he performed it on his assistant. The vanishing routine takes years of practice, as he states how anyone can learn some basic tricks by buying a magic kit.