Miracles Etc (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Miracles Etc

Nervy,goofy-edge presentation hinders an otherwise impressive show

When asked how their tricks are done most magicians admit it's all a rather boring series of ropes and pulleys that you're better off not knowing. With Pete Heat that may be the case but there's no chance of any glimpses of those ropes and pulleys. When it comes to sleight of hand and apparent deception he's a pro.

At the top of the show Heat jigs into the room, ties us up in red wool and declares the creation of Peteopia - a new land with a skinny dictator at its helm. A dictator keen on the participation of his 'subjects' in his show - but not to worry it's all gentle stuff and given the size of the room has the feel of a party in someone's living room.

It has to be said that though his tricks are polished his presentation has a nervy goofy edge. Tidied up a bit it could well become his gimmick rather than giving the feeling that he hasn't got as much confidence in his tricks as we have.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 26 Aug, 8.15pm, £10–£12 (£8.50–£10).

Miracles Etc

  • 3 stars

Pete Heat. Comedy, magic and casual miracles from angular urban wizard Pete Heat. 'The Channel 4 generation's Houdini… He's Noel Fielding performing sleight of hand, some lanky, cuddly love-child of Demitri Martin and Mitch Hedberg' ★★★★ (Fest). Irreverent, unusual and delightful, this is a brand new show combining…