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Chris Cook – Charlatan (Chris Cook Magic / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Wednesday 13 August 2014

So, other Chris Cook, what have you got? Well, an entertaining hour of tricks and patter, that’s what, with enough magical twists to generate some post-show mental rewinds (“now, when did he set that up?”). It isn’t the slickest magic show, for obvious budgetary reasons, though tricks can be better without the slick. True, some of the close-up magic was a little too close-up even in a smallish venue; that budget, when Cook gets it, could be spent on some kind of video set up perhaps. But the gasps from the front-row meant this wasn’t too problematic. Cook’s show may not yet warrant five stars, but it was certainly worth the five pounds I dropped in his hat on exiting.

Voodoo Rooms, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Chris Cooke]