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BRIGHTON BITES: Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (and Childish Grown-Ups!)

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Master illusionists Morgan &West tells us about their show, Morgan &West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (and Childish Grown-Ups!), which they’ll be performing at Republic, Brighton. How would you describe your show in one sentence? Bafflement, mystery, and over-the-top ...

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Card Ninja – The Lowry, Salford

The Card Ninja - Javier Jarquin

Writer/Director: Javier Jarquin Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Join Javier Jarquin on his quest to become an unparalleled master of cards. A series of unforgiving challenges lie ahead and Jarquin will be tested on speed, accuracy and wisdom to determine whether he has earnt the elusive title of Card Ninja. Using genuine Bicycle playing cards, a brand favoured by magicians worldwide, Jarquin ...

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Impossible – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Director: Lloyd Wood Reviewer: Matt Forrest It seems the world of magic and illusion are very much back in vogue at the moment. Magicians like Dynamo and Derren Brown are seldom off our television screens, battering our brains and leaving us in awe at how they have achieved their latest trick. However, more recently magic has gone full circle and ...

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The Illusionists – Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Conception: Simon Painter Director: Neil Dorward Reviewer: Dan Humphries The Illusionists are back in town and this time they’re sticking around. After a few years of short runs, The Illusionistshave unpacked their top hats for a Christmas run at The Shaftesbury Theatre, filled with all the glitz and glamour of Vegas, with live musicians and dancers galore. The show opens, ...

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Colin Cloud: The Forensic Mind Reader – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Julia Taylor Colin Cloud: The Forensic Mind Reader is, frankly, mind boggling. How on earth can he, just by looking at someone, dig out secret information such as how much money a woman has in her purse or deduce what town someone comes from simply by hearing them say ‘hello’? The word, deduce is the key word. It suggests ...

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Morgan and West: For Kids – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones Rhys Morgan and Robert West are a pair of time-travelling Victorian Gentleman magicians – or so they would like us to believe. Both born in 1865, and educated at Oxford they have come into the possession of a time machine and tratravevelled to the twenty first century to show off their fascination with illusion. Dressed in frock ...

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Impossible – Noël Coward Theatre, London

Directors: Anthony Owen (creative director), Lloyd Wood (stage director) Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Recent West End forays into the world of magic and illusion have tended towards the big bombast, such as Derren Brown constructing entire evenings around his feats of mentalism. Impossible sees a return to more traditional conjuring, with one or two slick modern twists – and in so ...

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Faustus – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writers: Christopher Marlowe/Johann Wolfgang von Goethe/Czech Puppet Company/Vaclav Havel Director: Kevin Johnson Reviewer: Lucy Corley “Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me,” says Doctor Faustus in Christopher Marlowe’s 1604 play, and I challenge anyone not to be beguiled by the black magic of this young company’s adaptation. The Actor’s Wheel is a touring theatre training company linked to the University ...

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