And now, some moments from Jason Verners’ show, Solo . . . starting with some pre-show pacing.
A full house at Camosun College’s Gibson Auditorium in the Young Building.
I can’t count how many times I saw this reaction during the show, and how great it was to see. Pure glee mixed thoroughly with utter disbelief.
Jason is a true performer, completely at home on stage and before his audience.
This gent was my favourite guest of the night. Almost every trick involved someone from the audience, and this one, well . . . he looked unflappable.
Jason spent many minutes trying to convince him that what he felt in his hands was NOT indeed the deck of cards Jason had given him earlier in the number.
Jason tried many squished faces of concentration to vanish away the contents of the man’s palms, but to no avail. He’d say things like, “Try harder.” and offer sympathetic shakes of his head to indicate “no” whenever Jason asked if his latest attempt had worked.
When he was finally allowed to open his hands, his sustained look of smug triumph was immediately replaced by the exact, honest reaction you see below when it dawned on him that, somehow, his deck of cards had been switched out with a clear acrylic rectangle of no significance.
He clapped the loudest for the rest of the show.
Jason’s first solo show was an undeniable success. A sellout in the days leading up to the show, it was full of humour, wonder, and the best kind of magic: genuine magic.
I was honoured he asked me to shoot the show.
Also? He made a real mess during the performance. Kid’s gotta learn to clean up his room.