Legend of the Card Ninja (4 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Legend of the Card Ninja

Flinging playing cards like throwing stars

Jav Jarquin flips the whole concept of the card trick on its head, flinging playing cards like throwing stars to knock over small objects or embed themselves in pieces of fruit. Not all the tricks work first time, but warmly self-deprecating stand-up segments get the audience on side, so by the climactic stunt the whole room is rooting for him.

Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 29 Aug, 9.15pm, £10-£11 (£9-£10).

Legend of the Card Ninja

  • 4 stars

Comedian, magician, ninja, Jav Jarquin debuts with a show that combines his acclaimed stand-up and his dazzling card ninja act. Hard-hitting comedy and feats with cards you would have never thought possible. Winner of the "Best Local Show Wellington" at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Ages: 14+


1. Time Out's Ugly Brother27 Sep 2010, 8:02am Report


A highly overrated act. Mr Jarquin failed to engage the audience properly, fumbling a number of his novelty card tricks. The audience seemed increasingly restless and largely unimpressed by his feeble attempts at magic come comedy.

Perhaps a little harsh, but we feel the Card Ninja's talents would be better received if you were either blind drunk or maybe a 6 year old boy.

Yours Truly,


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