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A Night Of Magic, Intrigue And Unbelievable Tricks At Manchester’s Underground Speakeasy

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The Vanishing Cabaret is a monthly show in Manchester that showcases jaw-dropping magic, astounding sleight of hand and fascinating hypnotic feats.

We went along to one of the shows to see what all the hype is about, no idea of what was to come.

You walk down the stairs into Alston’s underground gin bar 1837, where you’re greeted and shown to your table by the host for the evening. The vibe of the night feels very much like you’re in a 1920’s underground cocktail bar, ready to sit back and watch the entertainment with your glass of bubbly.

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The Vanishing Cabaret features three regular hosts including Mancunian Aaron Calvert, who left his job as a doctor, national award-winning performer Sam Fitton, and professional street busker turned stage performer Joel Dickinson.

After returning from a successful stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fitton and Calvert came to Manchester and noticed a distinct lack of live entertainment. Thus, The Vanishing Cabaret was born.

The night is broken up into acts; each performer has a segment where they showcase some of the most perplexing tricks you will ever see, the audience left speechless.

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It’s all about the intrigue and sleight of hand: cards end up in places they couldn’t logically be in. The performers guess things they couldn’t possibly know. The show is spell-binding from start to finish, and will leave you walking away wanting more.

Plus it’s funny. Not in a cheesy, kid’s birthday party way, in a this-could-also-pass-as-a-comedy-show kind of way. You’ll have a laugh, there’s no doubt about it. Whether you’re laughing along with the show or at a tipsy audience member trying their best to play along with a trick. (Here’s looking at you Joy).

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I should probably mention it’s also an interactive show, but don’t be shy. Of course, there is a chance you’ll get picked to go up on stage, but it’s all part of the experience. Trust me, the audience is ready for a laugh and they make sure of it.

The Vanishing Cabaret is perfect for a date night, an evening out with the family or if you’re looking for your next birthday event. Fitton and Calvert were right when they said there isn’t anything like it in Manchester. There isn’t, and VC isn’t worth missing.

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Following the success of the debut show on Thursday 11th July, The Vanishing Cabaret’s next performance is on Thursday 12th September, with more to be announced. Plus, if you’re feeling peckish before the show, Alston Bar & Beef are offering 20% off the à la carte menu for ticket buyers, and there are discounts available on tickets bought in pairs from the venue.

We enjoyed the delicious food that Alston has to offer before we went into the show. The A La Carte menu features a spicy Cauliflower Steak, a Rack of Lamb, the Alston Burger, plus the massive 1KG Porterhouse Steak, a 250g Rump, a 500g Ribeye, and more.

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Our 300g Sirloin Steak was cooked to perfection and the Cauliflower Steak has so much flavour you forget you’re not eating meat. Plus Alston’s chips are to die for. No exaggeration. Pair them with the Blue Cheese dressing or Peppercorn Sauce and you’ve got yourself a winner. No Ketchup in sight.

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For starters, there’s a great selection of small plates to nibble on before the main event, including Grilled Mackerel, Smoked Salmon, Prawn & Chicken Kebabs, Courgette Moussaka, and Grilled Asparagus & Pastrami.

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We chose Broad Bean & Pea Arancini and the Scallops & Cucumber. Both come in substantial portions and the flavours are fresh and light.

The Vanishing Cabaret brings a truly unique and interactive show to Manchester and is not to be missed. An immersive evening of unlimited entertainment. Catch The Vanishing Cabaret at Alston Bar & Beef Manchester and visit the website for more information.

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