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Fringe Review: Reliquary

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on June 17, 2022



Created by Scott McClelland
Produced by Winnipeg Thespian Federation (Spencerville)
60m | 14+ | Magic
Content warnings: Mature Language, Audience Participation

Predictions turn into prophecies at Arts Court as Reliquary takes to the stage. An hour of murder, mayhem and magic! Scott McClelland guides the audience on a magical journey filled with darkness and lore, bringing a new take to the art of magic.

McClelland uses historical stories and facts to draw the audience into the world of the supernatural with mythical wonders at every turn. If you’re a magic fan and like all things that go bump in the night, this show is for you!

The simple, yet deceptively busy, stage holds tables and cabinets with all sorts of items which will get used throughout the show but are also great for setting the mood and scene. McClelland’s costume also helps him fade into the character so you never outwardly feel like you’re watching some regular old magic show—but rather being transported into the story he’s sharing.

To get an even better taste, be sure to grab a seat in those first few rows. You never know, you may be called on to reach into the beyond, or if you’re not too careful, marked with a curse! When all is said and done, can you cheat death? There’s only one way to find out…

Reliquary by Scott McClelland is playing at ODD Box (2 Daly Avenue) until June 25, 2022. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at