Detailed review from the Magic Cafe
Lebanon Circle On The Blood Reloaded
OMG! So many things to say and don’t know where to start from…..On The Blood Reloaded, this is not a prop, it is a piece of art. The box made of rose wood it is not only beautiful also very ingenius. It also smells russian…….. Every single detail of that box and its items have been carefully thought. The box is quite robust and feels heavy on the hand, quite substantial. The Russian Imperial Eagle monogram on top of the lid looks wonderful and makes the box so magical and mysterious. As soon as you open this beauty, you find Anastacia’s ring, the cards (individually aged) with each member of the Romanov family. The bullet encased in a block of resin which was the bullet taken, by Dr Pavel Utkin, from Anatsacia’s upper arm. The method and the mechanics of the box are so bloody cleaver, easy, clean. Everything comes beautifully packaged. I could go on and on and on about it and will never make real justice.
The performance can be broken down into three acts –
The Romanov Murders
- Dr. Pavel Utkin’s Encounter
- The Revelation
Act 1 – The Romanov Murders
A mysterious box is presented to audience. The box was purchased from stall adjacent to the Church on the Blood on a recent trip to Russia. It was owned by a Russian couple known as M. Zlatoustova and A. Petrova who were the second cousins of Dr Pavel Utkin who, as you will soon explain, is connected to the Romanov murders and Anastasia mystery
The box is opened, the bullet artifact, brooch, ring and stack of photos are removed. lacing the bullet artifact, brooch and ring to one side you spread the 7 photos of the Romanov family on the table and recall how they were brutally murdered in 1918 following the Bolshevik Revolution and from which Anastasia supposedly escaped
Act 2 – Dr. Pavel Utkin’s Encounter
The following day at a railway station northwest of Perm eight witnesses reported the recapture of a young woman after an apparent escape attempt. The girl is injured and the White Russian Army investigators ask if any of the witnesses is medically trained. Dr Pavel steps forward (showing the brooch containing his photograph)
Dr Pavel then proceeded to remove a bullet from the girl’s arm, as he did the girls leant close and whispered to him “I am the daughter of the ruler, Anastasia.” This is the very bullet Dr Pavel removed from Anastasia’s arm.
The resin block is then passed around the audience.
When he had finished dressing the wound the girl claiming to be Anastasia thanked Dr Pavel and placed a small gold ring into his hand (showing the gold ring to the audience)
Act 3 – The Revelation
You then tell the audience that using only the artifacts in Dr Pavel’s box we can prove that Anastasia did escape although her final fate cannot be determined after her recapture at the train station
Not only will you prove Anastasia’s escape but also that she was assisted by Rasputin!
What you receive –
A gimmicked velvet lined wooden card switch box with an Russian Imperial Eagle monogram
Dr. Pavel Utkin’s ‘Anastasia’s Bullet’ encased in a clear resin block
a brooch bearing the picture of Dr. Pavel Utkin
7 individual Romanov family portrait cards
6 individual blooded Romanov family portrait cards
5 blank Anastasia cards
On the Blood Reloaded provides you with all the tools required to present an intriguing, emotionally moving and historically informative routine where audience participation is key. Whether presented as a small parlour effect or to a packed theatre On the Blood Reloaded will captivate your audience and force them to pose to the question – did Anastasia survive?