COM­EDY MOR­GAN & WEST: TIME TRAV­EL­LING MA­GI­CIANS GILDED BAL­LOON TE­VIOT (VENUE 14) HHHHH

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NOW, here are two charm­ing chaps, a pair of Vic­to­rian pres­tidig­i­ta­tors, Rhys Mor­gan and Robert West who – we’re told at the top of the show – have trav­elled to the year 2000 to daz­zle with their mag­i­cal prow­ess.

Ex­cept that they’ve over­shot the mark some­what. Not to worry, they may have left their in­tended au­di­ence in the Mil­len­nium dust, but they found an ap­pre­cia­tive one at this year’s Fringe. A packed house gasp and gig­gled as our hir­sute hosts of­fer tricks big and small, from dozens of nee­dles threaded in­side Mr Mor­gan’s mouth to signed play­ing cards ap­par­ently tele­port­ing from one deck to an­other across the stage, to the fi­nale, a per­plex­ing panoply of pre­dic­tions per­tain­ing to the pages of Harry Pot­ter.

As one of the pun­ters in­vited on­stage to bear wit­ness to a trick – the afore­men­tioned card swap – I have to say that the moment was ut­terly con­vinc­ing … I can’t re­call the last time my awe was so thor­oughly struck.

In be­tween the big tricks came more mod­est mo­ments, linked by the in­struc­tion man­ual from time ma­chine man­u­fac­turer Tem­pus Fugit and some ter­rif­i­cally as­sured pat­ter. One or two of the smaller il­lu­sions were just a tad too small – close-up magic on­stage is al­ways a risk – but over­all this pro­duc­tion is a great suc­cess. If you’ve yet to see a magic show this year, give Mor­gan & West a try while there’s still time.

MARTIN GRAY

Un­til to­mor­row. To­day 3:45pm.

Time trav­ellers Mor­gan & West will have you en­tranced

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