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 out and help on it’s way Jägerhorn decides to use his skills as a storyteller and magician to bring the film to life himself.
However, just because the premise is strong, doesn’t mean the execution of the material is, and it’s here that Jägerhorn let’s himself down. I don’t know if it was the fact he had a small audience or he had an off day, but when you can see all the joins in his magic and his ability to distract audiences attention away from his rather poorly executed slight of hand fails quite considerably, its hard to excuse especially when coupled with tripping over lines or loosing his edge on his routines.
The skill of the presentation needs to be faultless, especially in such a close and intimate venue, yet one may have been slightly more impressed if the magic tricks that had been weaved into the storytelling were original, but when you have seen these same illusions and tricks performed elsewhere on the fringe and with stronger flair and passion and by younger magicians then one finds it incredibly difficult to recommend.
Runs until 24th August