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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Griffin & Jones: Slapdash Magic – Sweet Waterfront 2

Writers and performers: Griffin & Jones
Reviewer: Glen Pearce

In a crowded marketplace, it takes something special to make magicians stand out from the crowd. For every show-stopping Derren Brown there is a plethora of wannabe slight of hand artists that merge into one.

Not so Griffin and Jones, self confessed pioneers of slapdash magic. While the duo may eschew the glitzy Vegas spectacle, their machine-gun patter and conjuring skills rate up there with anything their bigger budget counterparts provide.

Ok, so the Vegas showmen are unlikely to open with advice on how to smuggle white powdered in plastic bags (purely table salt they assure us, should law enforcement be reading this) but then again their also unlikely to build as close a rapport with their audience as this charming and engaging pair.

There’s is a well drilled routine, an infectious energy that sees them finish each other’s lines and draws the audience into their anarchic world.

The comedy is spot on but so is the magic, from small slight of hand to genuinely jaw-dropping larger set pieces, made even more impressive given the close-quarter staging of Sweet Waterfront.

It may seem all rather improvised but it’s a cleverly conceived act that belies the craft that has obviously been put into the piece.

There’s real potential here to expand onto the larger stage but in many ways that would spoil the charm. Bigger isn’t always better and here small is perfectly formed.

Reviewed 4 June 2017 | Image: John Charles | @brightonfringe

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