Not since the mouse himself began entertaining over 83 years ago has as entertainer with as sweet a spirit captivated an audience as Ardan James. His guest appearance on a February sailing of the Disney Wonder will make you hope he becomes a permanent fixture. His truly one of a kind skills go beyond an “act” and thrill you from the very first moment he arrives on stage. He arrives without fanfare, glitz or pre-conceived notions of your general entertainer. From the moment he is carried, yes carried, onto stage you are enamored with his presence, not knowing what to expect. He looks more like a statue stollen from Madam Tussauds than a man who for the next block of time will transport you into a world beyond your imagination.
“Light as a feather stiff as a board” comes to mind when Ardan arrives on stage, via two human couriers that are transporting him horizontally. He seems stiff as a board and your mind can’t comprehend what’s taking place. His robotic opening act makes you further question if he is indeed a man. The only inkling is his spirit which radiates as light as a feather as he segways into the second portion of his performance. You feel as though you are walking on a cloud or experiencing someone else’s dream as his physical comedy portrays an invisible tug of war, levitation from a single balloon and the simple gestures of a tender heart. As he takes a guest on stage to exhibit his newfound love, it’s as though the hand thats reaching for her is also reaching into your heart and making it smile.
A truly unique act that words cannot adequately describe, a mix of physical comedy, classic magician tricks and true original performance; Ardan James himself doesn’t even need words, as he can do an entire act without saying a word, but can indeed speak- as witnessed in his longer performances. His black tuxedo, formal as it may be, restrains neither the man nor his act. A single look at him would never lead you to believe he’s as light on his feet as Fred Astaire, or as endearing as Mickey mouse himself; but he is indeed both.
The performance itself; a mixture of visual and physical illusion, dancing and comedy are nothing less than captivating. His show is a true delight from start to finish and enraptures the hearts of both adults and children. His silence draws you in, his uniqueness keeps you intrigued and his sweetness makes you want to know the man who is this performer. Few as his words may be on stage they are nothing short of sincere as he graciously thanks the sound staff, by name, for assisting with his show.
Unlike other performers, when his act is done you don’t feel that its over, the things you have seen stay with you a long after the curtain is drawn, trapping you in his magical world of delight and illusion. Ardan James brings Disney quality performance to the next dimension and sets a new standard in the world of entertainment. His precision, lightness of foot and sweetness of heart make him as endearing as the mouse himself, I can only hope his success is as great!
Visit his website at: www.ardanjames.com
*If you live in the LA area, you can see Ardan’s performance for yourself at the Magic Castle where he will be from February 28th through March 6th.
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