ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Cabaret Reviews

Bespoke Magic – On The Fringe Of Reality (Bruce Glen – The Gentleman Magician)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Bruce Glen’s self-billed gentleman status couldn’t be closer to the truth. As her wistfully throws in historical tales of underground Edinburgh, impressive magic tricks and sleight-of-hands lightly entertain without getting lost in over-theatricality. Cushioned by a gently spooky soundtrack, the performance bobs along with a cosiness reminiscent of an evening in with the family. At times, Glen’s trickery falters and a couple of mistakes reveal some of the mechanisms behind his magic, but his cheeky smiling personality and warm stage presence compensate for the errors. With Glen inviting audience members up on stage, it’s a personalised show which encourages scrutiny and rewards participation, and while it may not be the most remarkable demonstration of deception, it’s certainly entertaining.

C aquila, 4 – 25 Aug (not 16), 6.10pm (7.10pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp8.
tw rating 3/5