This work is the story of Harold, an older clockmaker who is also writing a book called The Aging Magician. Through out the piece he speaks of his own life, yet also tells the story of the aging magician who has found a boy to share all his stage magic/secrets with. Rinde Eckert plays Harold and has a great character in that role. Somewhat stuttering, a bit shy, focused on the story and wanting to tell it so badly and to finish writing the story - and at the same time breaking into these beautiful songs that get to the core of both characters - Harold and the magician. Rinde has a fantastic voice that is burnished and warm, yet also with an amazing falsetto and range. Harold talks about clocks and how we in the digital age are so far removed from the classic clocks with their gears moving, rotating, reminding us of the cycles of life and the orbits in the sky. He speaks of different magic tricks and uses some to show us the skills of the aging magician, as well as using them to illustrate the story, to make a point, to get us to think.
One story he uses is of William Robinson, a magician who performed under the name Chung Ling Soo. According to Harold, he performed under this name so that he didn't have to speak to the audience. He could be silent and just do his magic. Williams/Chung's greatest trick was to catch a bullet in his teeth. At his last performance something goes awry and he is shot on stage, and dies. Harold shows this by falling to the ground, reaching into his inside jacket pocket, getting a deck of cards and then letting them fall out of his hand. A simple action which was so beautiful to watch.
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