Brighton FringePreview

BRIGHTON BITES: Caspar Thomas – Magic & Mentalism

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Caspar Thomas tells us about his showMagic &Mentalism, which he’s performing at Sweet Waterfront, Brighton.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A magic show that is not really meant as if there were any intention, in the pretext of a conjuring spectacle, of the common faulty misinterpretation not unlike that of David Copperfield’s, but with a fantastic finale!

Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
From my experience last year, I am expecting “intimate” audiences, visits to and complaints from the wife.

How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?
I have incorporated all constructive criticism, but only when it coincided with my own opinions.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
By washing the doves, pressing the silks, loading the rabbit in the hat, picking up cards and buying props in the nearest magicians’ supply house, Tiger.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
An amazing effect in which I predict yesterday’s headlines.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
I intend to miss my show to see that bloke who puts his head in a lion’s mouth to look for the bloke who did it last year.

If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?<
Cioccolata calda Italiana con pepperoncino and anchovies.

Magic &Mentalismis being performed 18, 23 – 29 May2016

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  1. Caspar’s show was full of charm, delightful deception and magnificent mentalism. He is a congenial conjurer and amazing mind master.

    He performed; impressive prestidigitation with cards and a touch of humour. He said it was sleight of hand, but I reckon these tremendous slick tricks could only be magic!

    He gave all his astounded audience an open opportunity to be witnesses of his wizardry.

    I spent a very special spell of time marveling at the Magic and Mentalism and the show gave us plenty to discuss and think about afterwards….how, what, which?

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