Many people, including myself, have seen and loved the hysterically funny and clever show, The Play That Goes Wrong. Now, there’s a spinoff of the show called Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion. The show, in essence, might as well be called “The Magic Show That Goes Wrong.” It features a magician who desperately tries to put on a successful magic show but fails miserably over and over again. Find out why you don’t want to miss Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion!
I recently saw the show with my two boys, ages 11 and 14, and they were at exaclty the perfect age for this show, especially the type of humor. While some adult jokes that went over their heads, most of the jokes had them in stitches.
The “magician,” Henry Lewis, who is also one of the writers of the show and also wrote “The Play That Goes Wrong,” had a ton of charisma and was very witty. The audience kept cracking up as he “messed up” the magic tricks. My kids and I were pretty impressed with the magic tricks that actually “worked.” We especially loved when he was “reading people’s minds,” and when he called audience up to the stage to participate.
Although the show is recommended for kids ages eight and up, I think the sweet spot is tweens and teens, who will probably appreciate the humor the most. This is the perfect show for the holiday season.
Where: New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, NYC
When: Through March 3rd, 2024.
Price: $100 per person and up.
To purchase tickets click here. The show is two hours long with one 15-minute intermission.
Photos by Pamela Raith
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a PR consultant and freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for over twenty years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree. Maytal is a mom to three kids, ages 16, 14 and 11.