Paul Dabek is a seasoned Fringe favourite, and a quick audience poll taken by him during the course of the performance flags up the first timers, stumbling in to chance their arm at a PBH free fringe event; audience returning for consecutive nights, bringing friends to witness the magic man and a whole host of locals returning to see Dabek for a second or third, or seventh time.
The calibre of showmanship is not in question here, this is a confident, assured performer, whose suave and devilishly intelligent delivery sometimes leave the audience wondering whether they experiencing magic or stand up – and it’s a fine line.
A new show – with a true perfectionist nature, is it feasible, possible or even necessary to reinvent the wheel? The answer here is a definite and emphatic YES!
A stylish opening which is a visual feastsets the audience’s expectations high, and the new tricks, and inventive reworking of old tricks close to Dabeks’s heartmade virtually unrecognisable from their original, keeps the bar right up there. The inclusion of an elephant into the finale – a piece revered by any Dabek devotee, is a triumph.
This show is a gift that just keeps giving.
Runs until 28 August 2016