Loudoun Times-Mirror

Here is a review published about Ralph the Great's show in the Loudoun Times-Mirror. I couldn't have paid for a better review!


Ralph the Great Mystifies

By Beverly Livesay, Staff Writer

Ralph the Great, a local magician and children's entertainer, has been making the rounds in Loudoun County recently. Tantalizing kids with an absent-minded professor-type routine, he elicits gales of giggles and the roar of applause.

Music fills the air during pre-show moments, which is reminiscent of classical compositions played behind cartoons. The room is abuzz as children file in, forming not-so-neat rows on the floor.

Adults are turned away at the door until all the children are seated. Ten or so women seemed pleased to be among the privileged taking chairs at the back of the room.

Ralph the Great makes his entrance in tie-dyed togs from head to foot, including suspenders and sneakers.

His great rapport with children is evident in his repartee and grand physical comedy. His bits are unique, but bring to mind the classic performances of Abbott and Costello or The Three Stooges.

Playing the suspense in his act for all it is worth, he finally releases the tension and moves on to the next trick. The kids think they know how the trick is done and, with childlike exuberance, call out to prove they are smarter than the magician. Ralph the Great handles the hecklers with aplomb.

But wait, there is more.

Children are called upon to act in a skit, directed by Ralph the Great, of a well-known children's story. Props are gleaned from a box and masks are donned to portray the characters.

Puns are employed by Ralph which cause a groan among the adult audience, but the kids just take them in stride. The pint-sized actors are eager to please.

The skit is sprinkled with child safety messages, references to local establishments, and the theme of the afternoon. It is also loaded with heavy poetic license.

No longer than 40 minutes, the show ends at a high point, leaving his little guests craving more. With sore facial muscles from all the smiling, his audience rewards him with thunderous applause. He invites his guests to come back and see him perform at other shows.

To the children he entertains, his magic is enchanting; to adults--a fun suspension of reality. To Ralph the Great, it's obvious that making people laugh is the greatest job in the world.


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