Pete Firman - Scoundrel (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Pete Firman - Scoundrel

credit: Steve Ullathorne

One of the reliable Fringe solids by the humourous magician

Pete Firman’s comedy-magic cocktail is one of those reliable Fringe solids. There’s a reason his face keeps popping up all over the telly as well (Derren Brown’s 3D Magic Spectacular, The Magicians) – he is amiable, good humoured and a joy to watch.

Scoundrel is a nod to his cheeky chappy ways, but his whole routine has obvious, and very slick, roots in other comedy greats – there’s Tommy Cooper of course, but also a ghost of Eric Morecambe in his apparent pride in jokes that err on just the right side of groanworthy.

His quick-witted asides share the perfectly-paced hour with deft and breathtaking illusions, as he switches from working with disappearing/reappearing chairs to stripped back card tricks that are nothing short of masterful. Firman plays the audience well, mixing it up and flipping expertly from energetic and manic routines to a silent, poignant and slightly creepy segment. To top it off, Firman offers possibly the only improvised magic on the Fringe, an elaborate finale which culminates in a payoff worthy of Derren Brown himself.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 9.20pm, £11.50–£15 (£10–£13.50).

Pete Firman - Scoundrel

  • 4 stars

Phil McIntyre Entertainments arranged with Corrie McGuire at Objective Talent. Prepare to be amazed and amused as 'the UK's leading comedy magician' (Time Out) returns to Edinburgh with an astonishing new show. As seen on BBC2's The Sarah Millican Television Programme, Channel 4's Mash-Up and star of BBC1's The Magicians.