WAPAKONETA — Grand Illusions by the Blooms wowed and amazed with their take on illusions Wednesday at the Auglaize County Fair.
“My interest is for us to give an original presentation,” said John Steven Bloom, the husband and father of the family. “There are not really any new illusions out there; it’s just things that have been rehashed.”
One of the illusions performed was “swords in a box.” Elizabeth Bloom crawled into a box and was closed in by her older sisters, Victoria and Isabella, who proceeded to systematically stab swords into the box. After the swords were inserted the two sister opened the box to show the younger child was no longer in the box. They closed the door on the front of the box, withdrew the swords and opened the door again as Elizabeth leapt out to the delight of the crowd. The top of the box then opened as the youngest sister, 7-year-old Sophia, leapt out.
Bloom said he started illusions after watching an illusion show in Chicago in his early 20s. He tried to sneak a peek backstage to get a look at how the illusions were being done and was escorted back to his seat. Bloom said he told the ushers escorting him to get him a name or number because he wanted to learn the trade.
Where most magicians and illusionists like to talk a lot and are a bit arrogant, Bloom said, he’s more interested in just putting on a good family show everyone can have fun watching.
Chance Bloom, John Bloom’s wife, didn’t have any experience with magic and illusions when she joined the first show. Learning was a gradual thing, starting with learning how the illusions were performed, learning dance and eventually getting into the props for the first time.
“If you’re claustrophobic, this is not your cup of tea,” she said, laughing.
Chance Bloom said they let their daughters choose when they are ready to participate in the show because it can be dangerous. If it’s raining during a show, the stage can get slippery, which can cause them to slip while entering or exiting illusion props. If it’s windy, props can get caught on curtains and perhaps even tip, which can cause injuries. While it’s not common, injuries can happen, Chance Bloom said.
During the final illusion of the show, Chance Bloom entered a prop and Victoria Bloom and John Bloom inserted props into the top and bottom. They then separated top from bottom seemingly leaving Chance Bloom no room to remain in the box and yet her hand exited from a hole in the top and while she waved to the audience.
“Victoria and John’s mother made all of the costumes,” Chance Bloom said.
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