Dani Lary at Casino de Paris, the Greatest Magic Show in Europe
by Jane Rosenstein and Didier Lambert
It was a magical experience for us to go to the theatre, Casino de Paris, to see the famous magician Dani Lary perfom his show “ La Clé des Mystères” (“The Key to Mysteries”). We arrived at the theatre in time to enjoy a glass of wine from one of two bars. The history Casino de Paris dates from 1730, the time of Louis XV and the marquis de Pompadour.
In 1914 it was transformed into a 200 seat Parisian Music Hall. In 1918 the vedette Mistinguette performed with his protégé Maurice Chevalier who sang “ Thank Heaven for Little Girls” in the American film “ Gigi.” Casino de Paris can be adapted to present different kinds of events: musical productions, fashion shows and annual meetings.
Dani Lary was born In Oran, Algeria. Since the age of 8 he wanted to become a magician.Today he enjoys international acclaim and is recognized as one the most talented illusionists in the world. His world tours include performances in Russia, Lebanon and Germany. He helped develop the special effects for shows such as “Dracula.”
He also helped, director Claude Chabrol, for the film “La Fille Coupée en Deux” (Daughter cut in half). In the USA famous performers like David Copperfield , Lance Burton, and Criss Angel buy his illusions which they incorporate into their shows in Las Vegas and in other cities.In France, Le Stade de France produced a pre show before a rugby match for the premiere oft the film “ Le Choc de Titans.”
From the moment we entered the theatre, we were mesmerized by the incredible illusions performed by this talented showman in his show; “The Key to Mysteries.” The drama tells the story of Count du Bois de Naix and the curse that tormented him. For century, the Count was condemned to relive his wedding day when his fiancée Valériane died a tragic death. We were then thrilled when the Count (Dani Lary) appeared through flames and all the ghosts of the castle magically appeared to our amazement. We then invited to enter the castle and relive the wedding ceremony. The costumes were stunning! The entire cast performed their roles excellently.
The production delighted both children and adults as Dani Lary performed his fantastic illusions cutting through boxes, splitting bodies in two, and levitations. We saw people and objects disappear and reappear. The audience enjoyed watching a young boy and girl to assist Dani onstage. The children were eager to help and did a good job. To reward them, he gave them a gift of a magic trick box.
The production is for for all to enjoy -French speaking or not. From beginning to end, it’s a show that is guaranteed to please all in attendance.