Jan
21

Bullet Catch opens tonight

Bullet Catch officially opens tonight at the Revue Stage! We are thrilled to be celebrating our eighth co-presentation with the PuSh Festival and to welcome Rob Drummond and the rest of the show’s company from Scotland. Bullet Catch was originally produced by the Scotland-based arts company the Arches, and Vancouver marks Rob’s final performances of the show.

There will be much to celebrate tonight when Rob once again pulls off the world’s most dangerous magic trick with the help of a lucky audience volunteer. Watch the interview with Rob (below) to learn more about his death-defying performance.

Happy opening to Rob and the company of Bullet Catch! We wish you all the best for a safe and successful run.

Presented with the PuSh Festival, Bullet Catch is now playing at the Revue Stage until February 7. Tickets start at just $25! Buy online or call our box office at 604.687.1644.

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Jan
19

Introducing…The Mountaintop

On this day, when we remember the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are pleased to introduce the next show opening at the Granville Island Stage—The Mountaintop.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This lively drama by Katori Hall looks to both the past and the present to reimagine Dr. King’s (Dion Johnstone) last night on earth in a Memphis hotel. The Mountaintop, inspired and inspiring like the subject himself, paints a portrait of the civil rights hero in 1968 as a venerable yet flawed, flesh-and-blood man. When a beautiful and sassy maid (Crystal Balint) delivers room service, King responds flirtatiously, until he learns the true purpose of her visit.

"I have a dream..."

“I have a dream…”

CONTEST ALERT: Follow us on Instagram and like today’s photo (above) for a chance to win tickets to The Mountaintop.

The Mountaintop starts February 12 at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29! Book online or call our box office at 604.687.1644.

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Jan
16

A brief history of the bullet catch trick

The bullet catch is undoubtedly the most dangerous trick ever performed. Houdini himself was unwilling to attempt this death-defying stunt, as the risk was just too great. This is not surprising given the number of deaths linked to this trick throughout history—at least 12 have been confirmed, and several more have been rumoured. It has even been suggested that the trick is cursed. For the sake of writer, director, and performer Rob Drummond, we hope that’s not the case, as he will be performing this trick nightly for his show Bullet Catch, now playing until February 7 at the Revue Stage.

Rob Drummond. Photo by Megan Verhey

Rob Drummond. Photo by Megan Verhey

Not all of the deaths associated with the bullet catch trick happened in a way you might expect. Three magicians were killed by their assistants, while an equal number of assistants were killed by the magicians they worked with. Some of these were due to human error or weapon malfunction, but a few were the result of deliberate sabotage (with the perpetrator attempting to disguise a murder as an accidental death). One assistant didn’t even bother trying to cover his tracks. He used a gun not to shoot the magician, but rather, to beat him to death. This speaks to the high stress nature of performing such a high-risk trick, and to the amount of trust that must be established with a partner.

Rob Drummond. Photo by Megan Verhey

Rob Drummond. Photo by Megan Verhey

Trust becomes an even more significant factor when it comes to performing this trick with an audience volunteer (as Drummond does). There have been two reported cases of audience members turning on a magician. One volunteer introduced nails into the barrel of the gun before loading the blank round. Another gentleman, who was none too pleased with being tricked, simply stood up after the trick, shouted ‘catch this’, and shot the magician with his own weapon.

Rob Drummond and audience volunteer. Photo by Megan Verhey

Rob Drummond and audience volunteer. Photo by Megan Verhey

Perhaps the strangest death connected to the bullet catch trick was that of Frank Bialla. Bialla performed a real bullet catch in which he protected himself with a steel contraption worn in his mouth. The protection was barely adequate and he was wounded nine times throughout his career. Performing the trick over 3,000 times took a physical toll, leading to a chronic condition which caused fainting spells. One day, while out for a walk, he was overcome by one of these spells and fell off a cliff.

Rob Drummond. Photo by Megan Verhey

Rob Drummond. Photo by Megan Verhey

While this all sounds rather ominous, we can take some comfort in the fact that there are many more who have performed the trick and survived. Drummond himself has successfully toured Bullet Catch all over the world for more than two years. Not pushing his luck too far, he plans to end his run here in Vancouver. This may well be your last chance to see Bullet Catch performed by its creator, so be sure to book your tickets today.

Presented with the PuSh Festival, Bullet Catch is now playing at the Revue Stage until February 7. Tickets start at just $25! Buy online or call our box office at 604.687.1644.

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