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Pete Firman: Trickster – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The title, Trickster, sums up Pete Firman’s refreshingly unpretentious attitude towards his craft. Although he treats magic tricks with respect he doesn’t take them or himself too seriously. This is perfectly illustrated with a marvellous blend of humour and magic as Firman offers to perform a series of card tricks with his hands literally tied behind his ...

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Waiting for Hitchcock – Hill Street Solo Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer/Performer: Robert Jägerhorn Reviewer: John Roberts The premise of Finnish magician Robert Jägerhorn’s solo show Waiting for Hitchcock is an interesting one, he has uncovered Alfred Hitchcock’s first ever silent movie Number 8, he has the reel to reel all set up, the audience has arrived for its screening only to discover the projector has stopped working… with time running ...

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Ali Cook: Principles and Deceptions – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:4.5] Despite many years as a performing magician, and numerous television appearances, Ali Cook is not yet a household name. It could be argued that the most famous person associated with magic in the UK is probably Paul Daniels. However, Cook’s style couldn’t be more different to family-friendly Daniels, performing slightly disturbing tricks, and is more likely ...

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Derren Brown: Infamous – Palace Theatre, London

Writer: Derren Brown and Andy Nyman Director: Andy Nyman Reviewer: Lou Flaxman [rating:4] Derren Brown, a regular on our televisions for over ten years and self-proclaimed master of ‘magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship’, returns to the West End with his latest stage show, ‘Infamous’. Due to a promise that I- like all audience members- have made, I am unable ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Mark Catley Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:3.5] Interest in Arthur Conan Doyle’s world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes has soared in the past few years, thanks to Steven Moffat’s BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch. So it makes sense that theatre companies are eager to resurrect such a complex and interesting character. ‘The Best Kept Secret’ is an original story ...

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I Can Make You a Mentalist – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Doug Segal &James Hamilton Director: Mark Smith Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3] In a filmed introduction an avuncular Doug Segal (in Stephen Fry mode) defines a Mentalist as someone possessing extraordinary mental powers exercised through artifice and trickery. In other words the whole thing is just cheating and lying. There is no doubt that Segal is a master of the ...

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Ghost The Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Book &Lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin Music &Lyrics: Dave Stewart &Glen Ballard Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4.5] Since premiering at the Manchester Opera House in early 2011, Ghost the Musical has enjoyed short runs in both the West End and on Broadway with the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff marking the first venue of the new UK tour. It ...

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Pete Firman: Hoodwinker – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:4.5] It’s a sad state of affairs, but magic shows aimed at the over-12s are few and far between. TV shows such as ‘The Magicians’ are trying to bring illusions back into the mainstream, but even they have to get D-list celebrities involved to scrape satisfactory viewing figures. However, one good thing that did come from ‘The ...

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