- The World’s Best Cleaners Pose with the Best Dinner Show Act in Orlando
In addition to theme parks and water parks, a popular form of entertainment in the Orlando area is the dinner shows. There are many varieties; from small, intimate shows in the corner of a restaurant to large extravaganzas with thundering horses or swashbuckling pirates on huge ships. I have seen most of these and some day I will blog about them all.
This past week, we were fortunate to discover a little known dinner show featuring magic and comedy called The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show. It immediately became our favorite dinner show to recommend for anyone coming to Orlando.
Here’s what happened.
One of the challenges of running a vacation rental home company is finding quality cleaners who consistently clean every home with great attention to detail. In the ten years we have been in business, we tried everything from hiring and training our own cleaners to using large cleaning companies. Even with the close supervision we provide, we could not find a solution that gave us the meticulous results upon which we insist. That is, until about one year ago when Office Manager Anne discovered Katya, Alexander and Cristian.
These hard working, honest folk had to escape from Columbia, fearing for their lives, during a social upheaval. Upon arriving in America and unfamiliar with the language, they had to find a way to earn a living. We were lucky to run into each other. Ever since we hired them, our homes have gotten rave reviews for cleanliness.
We were so happy, we wanted to do something special for our new friends. But what to do? Especially with the language barrier? That’s when I suddenly recalled a dinner show featuring magic at WonderWorks. Billed as “Central Florida’s only upside down attraction,” you know you’ve reached someplace unique when you drive up to WonderWorks and discover a building that appears to have been ripped from its foundation and landed upside down on another building! Inside you’ll find some amazing exhibits–that I will blog about in a future post–and the best dinner show in all of Central Florida!
Since our cleaners struggle with English, we thought they could enjoy a magic show. None of us were disappointed.
The Food--And Laughs--Kept on Coming
In addition to the show, there is unlimited salad, pizza, soda and even wine and beer. The food itself wasn’t fantastic. The elongated tables were pre-set with large bowls of mixed salad, containers of creamy Italian dressing and top hats filled with popcorn. The plastic plates and forks were a bit of a disappointment. After enjoying some salad, large pizzas were placed down the table. They were half cheese, half pepperoni. Since we are vegetarian, we requested an all cheese pizza and it appeared within minutes.
Plastic cups were filled to the brim with soda, wine or beer. Throughout the evening the servers were attentive and refilled your glass whenever it emptied. During the last portion of the show, trays of white cake with white icing replaced the pizza trays.
While the food was adequate, and there was all-you-care-to-eat-and-drink, the entertainment was top notch. It took a few minutes to warm up to the comic prestidigitator, but after a while it became impossible to not laugh at his quirky sense of humor. Unlike many one-man performers, Tony Brent has the unique ability to play in perfect harmony to his audience. He is not threatened by the crowd nor does he have a need to be the center of the universe as he utilizes audience interaction during his comedic magic show. If an audience member provides a moment of entertainment, Tony is happy to let him have the spotlight.
While Tony’s magic is top notch, it is his ability to introduce humor as well as his spot-on timing that makes it the best dinner show in Orlando. He utilizes different costumes and voices to create or parody characters that make you laugh until your side hurts. His magic enhances the characterizations. His tricks are not overly sophisticated, but when combined with the characters and music, it creates a comprehensive evening of entertainment.
"Sonny and Cher" Lip Sync "Babe"
The show ends with an unsuspecting male audience member put into a wig and fake mouth and forced to lip sync the song “Babe” with Tony playing Sonny. It is impossible to convey in words how hilarious it was to watch that bit.
His website advertises that his show is “funny enough for the comedy club, smart enough for the boardroom and clean enough for the church.” That is very accurate and pretty much sums up the Outta Control Magic Show at WonderWorks.
It was so rewarding to watch the world’s best cleaners–Alexander and Katya–Smiling and laughing during the show. We were so sorry that Cristian could not attend. After the show, we gave them a gift certificate for a restaurant and told them how much they meant to us and to our business. We were so happy that we could provide them an evening of exquisite entertainment as our way of saying thanks for all the hard work they do for us and our guests.
The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show is only $24.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 4 to 12 and seniors. It is at 6pm seven days a week and occasionally at 8pm on some Saturday evenings. For an additional $14 for adults and $12 for children and seniors, you can also enjoy all the exhibits at WonderWorks–But I’ll blog about that later.
For now, I just want you to know that if you are planning to enjoy a dinner show while in the Orlando Area, this is the one to see!