The Colour Ham bring chaos and comedy to the magic genre

This article is from 2013

The Colour Ham

Comedy trio injecting chaos into magic at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Were Kevin McMahon, Colin McLeod and Gavin Oattes to be exactly the same kind of comedian or magician, there would barely be any point to The Colour Ham. Thankfully, their various talents (‘magician, mind reader and primary school teacher’, as it says on their publicity material) make their show an endlessly entertaining and occasionally mind-blowing ride. ‘Originally the idea was to bring together our three backgrounds in magic, mind reading and comedy to create something that we enjoyed performing,’ insist the trio. ‘But we quickly gained a following and realised we had created something that no one else was doing. It was more “comedy with special effects” than a magic show.’

The world of magic has had something of an image problem down the years, but the likes of David Blaine and Piff the Magic Dragon have helped give the form a slice of credibility. The Colour Ham are keen to do their bit too. ‘We definitely don’t fit into the current magic mainstream and we’re very happy about that. We’ve brought some much-needed chaos.’

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The Colour Ham

  • 3 stars

Magical comedy sketch group comprising Colin McLeod, Gavin Oattes and Kevin McMahon, making good use of absurdity, magic and mentalism. Member Gavin Oattes allegedly once licked Paul Daniels' face, so anything could happen, really.