Otiz Cannelloni’s History of Magic - Abridged (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Otiz Cannelloni’s History of Magic - Abridged

Witty guide to the magician’s craft for children at 2014 Edinburgh Fringe

Attending Otiz Cannelloni’s Fringe show, is like sitting in the garden/living room/church hall of a children’s birthday party. While this may sound more like a complaint than a compliment, it’s meant in the nicest possible way. Cannelloni’s laid back yet assured manner, witty banter and way of gently encouraging children on stage would prove the highlight of any birthday bash.

Magic aficionados may already be familiar with the anecdotes and informative stories of how magic started, who did it, and how it progressed. But I certainly learned a thing or two. Cannelloni also knows how to entertain the kids, while giving the adults a good laugh, too.

The tricks are fairly standard fare, with some more impressive than others (although I’m still baffled by his ability to throw a mobile phone inside an empty bottle of mineral water). But this show isn’t about trying to bamboozle you with slight-of-hand trickery or hi-tech illusions – it’s about making you laugh, enjoying the shared experience and starting the day with a healthy dollop of fun.

The Stand Comedy Club, 558 7272, until 17 Aug, 10.45am, £10 (£8).

Otiz Cannelloni: History of Magic – Abridged!

  • 3 stars

Questionable magic tricks, fake illusions and not-so-sleight of hand mixed with cheeky one-liners and patter.