Over the last year or so, our eight-year-old has turned into something of a Paul Daniels, never without a deck of cards or fake thumb (it’s a thing) to hand. So there was no way that we could let West End Magic come to town without taking him along. West End Magic has been part of the Great Yorkshire Fringe‘s family programme since it launched three years ago, and we’ve been to see it every year (thinking about it, perhaps that explains the magic obsession). It’s an hour-long variety show, compered by magician and illusionist Oliver Tabor, and aimed squarely at the family audience.
This year we were treated to a couple of old favourites – we’ll never tire of the appearance of the white dove – but most of the routine was new to us and fresh with it. There was much more audience interaction, with some lucky younger audience members taking to the stage (thankfully we were far enough back to escape the spotlight) to help with the tricks. But this isn’t a show that trades on novelty or humiliation – it’s proper, jaw-dropping magic, with objects appearing from nowhere, minds being read, broken things fixing themselves and a don’t-try-this-at-home balloon trick that’s had us baffled ever since. Our mini-magician and his two younger sisters were entranced and entertained in equal measure, and the adults were too. Fingers crossed it’ll be back next year.
Visit the Great Yorkshire Fringe website for more information