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Morgan and West: Parlour Tricks – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Harriet Mallion

From the very second the doors open Mr Morgan and Mr West welcome you warmly into their parlour. A pair of marvellous time-travelling magicians, spectacular showmen, and certainly the “spiffing chaps” they claim to be. Parlour Tricks is a delight to audiences of all ages and truly does offer something for everyone.

Rhys Morgan and Robert West lead the audience on a journey through their magical repertoire. They promise to astound and astonish with their knowledge of the magical arts and skilful misdirection. Numerous times they coyly admit to cheating and deliberate misdirection, but continue to baffle the audience and their beautifully choreographed routines are an absolute wonder to behold.

Morgan and West hold complete command of the theatre from the moment the show begins, greeting the audience as they arrive and filling the theatre with polite chit-chat and amusing anecdotes while we take our seats. There is tension and excitement from the first “quick trick” and a generous dose of comedy and charisma as each routine continues to amaze. Parlour Tricks is skilfully stitched together, every routine is a delight. Featuring a range of magical talent the pair are proficient in their execution of card tricks, costume changes, sleight of hand, memory, misdirection, mindreading and an incredibly acute command of the senses which can sniff out what you’ve had for breakfast.

The duo may be dressed as Victorian gentlemen but they thoroughly delight a 21st Century audience with their top trickery and magical misdirection. You’ll need to stay as sharp as Mr Morgan and Mr West’s elegant moustaches if you’re going to catch this pair of tricksters out. Morgan and West are born performers, mixing delicate choreography with slapstick to charm their audience and add a healthy dose of light-hearted comedy. You’ll admire both their magical prowess and their ability to win over an audience despite brazenly lying to them.

Keep your eyes peeled for their shows, tricks and cheats. Parlour Tricks and their Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (and Childish Grown-Ups!) are due to tour in 2017. No doubt Morgan and West will be mixing up their bag of magic to shake a few surprises into their performances.

Reviewed on 23 October 2016 | Image: Steve Ullet 

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