Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Yasmin Jorge

Over the weekend, my family had a grand time with The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things, a magician comedian extraordinaire who appeals to kiddies of all ages, from toddlers to their grandparents. Rich and I took our children to see Max and everyone enjoyed the show. We laughed at his cheeky humor and oddball stunts while amazed at his tricks, including card games, missing objects, and mild pyromania. Go see the performance for yourselves!

The Amazing Max is wacky, interactive and high energy. Max is hilarious and knows how to engage the young audience in his exploits. Brave wee participants who help him complete tricks are awarded their own magic wands, while others have the opportunity to catch some props the magician throws into the crowd. Surprisingly, small children seem to lose all fear (or common sense) standing next to fire, holding poop, maybe getting hit by juggling objects, etc. when Max performs. And ditto goes for the parents during this show, my husband and I included.

The Amazing Max (aka Max Darwin) is a popular magician for children. Over the past 10 years he has performed at 3,000 events with a celebrity client roster that includes Uma Thurman, William Baldwin, Diana Ross, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. The funny charismatic magician still has my Ben delighted and curious days later – “How did he do those card and drawing tricks?” “How did the pig escape his crate and drive away?” Ben is also proud of the autograph he snagged.

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is showing at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center Theater (MMAC) at 248 West 60th Street (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues) in the Lincoln Center area. For more information, visit or

Originally published December 2011
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