With three crackerjack magicians and a wisecracking host, there's no better recipe for a crackin' good time. The contest of voting for your favorite magician is rather cursory to the skills of the magicians, but the audience ate it up -- and so did I. It was like being at The Magic Castle without having to pay membership fees....
This concept is such a fun idea! There are four magicians and three of them compete to win the show while one hosts. There are two rounds and after each round you vote via your phone for which act you like the most. At the end of the show, the winner gets to name the show.
On the day we went, Jon Armstrong was the host and Nick Paul, Simon Coronel, and Handsome Jack competed. I was familiar with Nick Paul and Simon Coronel (seeing their fantastic shows at last year’s Fringe) but had never seen Handsome Jack perform before. Everyone was great and this is such an opportunity to see 4 different magicians on the same show. This is like the sampler platter of magic shows.
Highly recommend this show if you’re a fan of magic and love that fee...
ASHLEY STEEDstage raw and la bitter lemonscertified reviewerJune 22, 2017
Name This Magic Show is a competition between close-up magicians. The audience votes for their favorite act, and the winner gets to keep the money from that show.
Before the show begins, the four magicians draw straws. The performer who draws the shortest one must act as the MC for the night, and therefore doesn’t compete. Jon Armstrong was our bitter host for the evening and the three acts were performed by Nick Paul, Joe Skilton (replacing Australian magician Simon Coronel), and Handsome Jack (who was the reigning champ).
Silent magician Nick Paul began his 12-minute set with a classic red scarf into an egg routine. His sleight of hand is dexterous, but he struggled to “wow” the audience in the short amount of time. Next up was Joe S...