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Three To See 2011: Cabaret shows for your MIND

By | Published on Tuesday 19 July 2011

Oliver Meech

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three Fringe 2011 cabaret shows for your MIND.

Oliver Meech – Live Brain Surgery
‘Magic Boffin’ Oliver Meech says that he uses a blend of science and trickery to entertain his audiences, but his show sounds a little different from all these mental-magic-with-comedy shows that are all the rage at the moment: his blurb promises bizarre neurological phenomena, freaky tricks, and a mind-expanding, mind blowing magic show, but frankly, he had me at “gruesome surgery”.
Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, 4 – 28 Aug, 6.30pm (7.30pm), free, fpp13

Doug Segal: I Know What You’re Thinking – Free
However, if what you want is one of these mental-magic-with-comedy shows that are all the rage at the moment, you could probably do worse than trying Doug Segal, who claims to be like Derren Brown, but funny. I’ve always rather enjoyed the antics of Derren Brown, but I have, it’s true, sometimes wished he’d throw a few more gags into the proceedings, so this might just be the perfect show for me.
Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, 4 – 13 Aug, 8.45pm (9.45pm), free, fpp10.

Mind Games
Now, if what you are after is one of those mental-magic-with-comedy shows, I don’t think this one is for you at all. It does sound interesting, though – if unlikely – as it’s an irreverent cabaret of characters that appears to take mental health issues as its theme. It’s funny, seductive and mischievous, apparently; I’m willing to take a chance.
Fingers Piano Bar, 6 – 20 Aug, 3.10pm (4.00pm), free, fpp12.