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Free Money Magic Show (Ian Saville / Free Festival)

By | Published on Monday 5 August 2013

Magician Ian Saville gives us a lesson on the world financial crisis. I say ‘lesson’ because I was unable to shake the feeling that I was back in school during this show. He seems like a Politics teacher, desperately trying to make Marx accessible to disinterested teenagers. Saville tries to wow us by pulling pennies from behind ears and performing some dodgy ventriloquism, but this is only met with sniggers from the back of the ‘class’. It’s a shame that the magic is so corny because Saville actually has some insightful things to say about economics. His delivery is a little befuddled and old-fashioned, but if the audience stick with him they might learn a thing or two.

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, until 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 7.30pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Melissa Steel]