Chris Dugdale: 2 Faced Deception
Overly slick presentation with rehashed tricks
This article is from 2012.
If you haven’t caught a whiff of Chris Dugdale’s act before, his opening gambit may well blow you away. Unfortunately, if you have seen it, you’re in for a tedious introductory ten minutes, as he rehashes his most famous work over again (and then, through the tacky medium of his showreel, yet again). There are a few scattered moments of truly impressive trickery, but Dugdale’s smarmy persona, McIntyrean gurning and insistence on wringing two rounds of applause from every reveal effectively douse any sparks of wonderment. His glossy promo brochures and Vegas-y persona single out an act at odds with the ephemeral Spirit of the Fringe – we like a magician with a bit of genuine character round these parts.