@ Tandanya till 24 Feb & 16 & 17 March
Review – Geoff Jenke
Thursday 21 February.
The performers for Magic on the Edge are all local Adelaide magicians who perform around town at birthday parties, corporate events, wedding anniversaries and where ever else they are wanted.
This evening we had Drew Magic and Dazzling Dan on stage and they promised us a David Copperfield style illusion, the biggest they had ever attempted at the end of the show. While it was obvious from the beginning Drew and Dan may not have been up there with some of the slick magicians performing around town, they were always humorous.
While the tricks they performed may not have fooled Penn and Teller, many of them had me fooled. In one trick, the obligatory audience member had to pick a card from the pack and Dan then went through the motions of reading the person’s mind. He then drew the card on a piece of paper and showed the audience. It was the wrong card. Dan really did look disappointed but it was all part of the trick and the way they then got the correct card still has me absolutely puzzled. Brilliant. Then this card trick was even outdone by one using an umbrella.
The promised “big” illusion finale failed to happen because “they won’t let us bring an elephant into the room”. They then substituted the elephant with “Fuzzy” the bear, well actually a picture of Fuzzy. However, while it may have only been a picture, once again they amazed us all with the trick.
The final trick of the evening involving a golf ball and a jar didn’t go over all that well. It would have been better to do this one earlier in the set and finish with Fuzzy disappearing.
This is what the Fringe is all about, giving people a chance to perform in public. A little work on the banter between tricks, a little polish here and there and these two could make a name for themselves. Still, a good show for all the family.
Oh, and for those all “dragged” up on stage, it was worth it, but you will have to find out why for yourselves.