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Groundhog Day

Trick Chair for Groundhog Day

Paul Kieve asked me to make a prop for one of his illusions for the new musical of Groundhog Day at the Old Vic. It is a trick chair (seen below) used in the key transition scene, when one actually sees night turn into day. The scene - Rita gets into bed while Phil's sitting on the edge in his suit - the lights go out, but not completely there are still pools of light in the room - the alarm clock sounds and it's daylight - Rita's disappeared, Phil's in bed in his boxers, his jacket hanging on its hook and his trousers appear draped over the back of the chair. Unfortunately I'm unable to give the trick away as it will spoil the magic. It forfilled an ambition to work with Paul at the Old Vic - and experience behind the scenes working with such a skilled team of designers, actors and technicians in this gorgeous venerable theatre, was a dream come true.

Groundhog Day at the Old Vic. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Groundhog Day - chair
Groundhog Day - chair