I performed as the audience was gathering pre-show, again during intermission, and once more at the end of the main acts. Reactions to the illusions were solid, as I seemed to pull them off without any disastrous mistakes. The Spirit ABCs seemed to garner the most audible wonderment from the crowd.
Interestingly, several audience members queried Mr. Widdle as to the age and history of the Suitcase theater, mistaking it for an old Coney Island artifact that was pulled out for this occasion. Of course, Mr. Widdle took pride in informing them that it was he who had built the theater. and as well had been administering my performances within it for over ten years.
The other main performers (magicians) of the event were curious as to what the Suitcase was, thinking it was merely a puppet show of some sort, and then being quite surprised to learn I performed actual magic tricks on its small stage.
I enjoyed performing at this historic venue. However, I am still searching for an opportunity to perform at a location that affords a more serendipitous encounter of the Suitcase for spectators. To this end, I will be pursuing a possible engagement at a famous storied old hotel, in the lobby perhaps, where people might come upon the Suitcase by chance.