The deeper one goes inside the bowels of the Queen Mary, the more it may seem like not even creatures would stir at the sound of footsteps walking down the halls. However, there is always something lurking inside the Queen. And in the case of Aiden Sinclair’s newest show, perhaps what lurks are the Ghosts of Christmas Passed.
Much like his show Illusions of the Past: Legends of the Queen Mary, attendees will spend the evening inside of a room with various objects. These objects will be used throughout the show as conduits with the deceased. Through various illusions that involve tools such as dice, cards, a slate, and more, even the most skeptical will be forced to acknowledge that perhaps there are things that we can’t explain. But also, sometimes the most precious of objects can be enough to keep us tethered in this reality.
For those who are not interested in history, Ghosts of Christmas Passed may not be the type of show for you. There is a lot of information conveyed to the audience in a span of ninety minutes. This can be daunting to some, especially after a couple of drinks. However, part of what makes the show so intriguing is how Sinclair weaves the history of those who have passed into his show. Whether due to the sheer amount of detail put into the story telling or perhaps just how emotionally vulnerable the audience allows themselves to be during the show, the stories Sinclair tells help to forge that connection the audience needs in order to truly invest in the show at hand.
Another thing of note is the emphasis Sinclair placed on audience consent throughout the course of the evening. As someone who prefers observing rather than actively participating in magic shows and the like, being told that I didn’t have to volunteer to participate greatly alleviated any anxiety I had about being called upon. Just sitting and watching the illusions play out was exciting enough and, honestly, would stoke the questioning curiosity of many an enthusiast.
The most important takeaway from Aiden Sinclair’s Ghosts of Christmas Passed would perhaps be the message that we only have our set amount of time on this Earth. Make what we can of our time. Although there was not much mentioned about Christmas itself during the actual show, we were informed of a macabre piece of information at the start. In an hour of time, 6,316 people die. Within the span of time that we watched the show, there were that many people who had passed who wouldn’t be able to get a chance to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones. Despite the message’s somber tone, it truly served as a reminder of how we could celebrate the time we have. We never know when it will run out. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.queenmary.com.