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Adelaide Fringe '18 Review: Breaking The Magicians' Code


Adelaide Fringe '18 Review: Breaking The Magicians' Code

Ellie Stamelos

Known as “Britain’s bad boys of magic”, magicians Kane and Abel have landed at the Adelaide Fringe to break the magicians’ code, coming off success at the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury Festival.

The ostensible premise of the show is to – you guessed it – break the magicians’ code and reveal the tricks of the trade. As the boys walk on stage a whole one minute late (declaring “anarchy!”), they’ve already broken the first rule – never be late to your own show.

The lads break more rules as the show goes on (never perform a trick without practice; never perform someone else’s trick) but for the most part, they don’t actually reveal the secrets behind the magic, which made for a truly entertaining show. Many of the tricks were classics, featuring decks of cards, colourful handkerchiefs and items bursting into flame, though some of the stunts were genuinely impressive. However, the real strength of the show is the duo’s ability to seamlessly weave comedy into their performance.

In a small venue on an otherwise bare stage, Kane and Abel effortlessly lean on their own quips and humour, bantering back and forth to the riotous laughter of the crowd. The pair were also able to incorporate ad-libbed audience participation better than most acts I’ve seen.

If you’re looking for a spectacular, theatrical night of bedazzlement and wonder, this probably isn’t the magic show for you. However, for a night full of surprise and fun that’ll leave you impressed and in stitches, check out Breaking The Magicians’ Code this Fringe season.

Star rating: 4/5

For tickets to the show, click here

Header image via Adelaide Fringe website.