Neil Henry's Magical Mindsquirm
A dazzling magic act, limited by a few not-so-spectacular tricks
This article is from 2015.
After his 2014 show Impossible, illusionist Neil Henry returns to the Fringe with another hour of silly, magical fun.
Arriving on stage in a colourful suit with a bowtie, Henry looks like the corny magician from the kids' parties you attended as a child. However, he quickly proves himself to be no amateur by delving into his deluge of clever tricks, eliciting some rightfully earned gasps from the crowd when he showcases his mind-reading skills. Without giving the game away too much, one of them involves a watermelon, a made-up word (‘slazt’ at the performance I attended) and the Collins English Dictionary.
However, Henry’s initial energy and appeal seems to wane somewhere in the middle. A couple of his tricks take a bit too long, and don't seem as spectacular as anticipated, particularly one involving a multitude of coloured socks and washing machines in different dimensions. Despite that, his final 'mindsquirm' is well-executed, and the fact that he even seems a little surprised it worked makes it all the more impressive.
Henry is a natural born entertainer; his well-timed jokes keep the audience giggling throughout. Magic aficionados may feel they have seen his tricks before, but his unique style makes them seem fresh and original. The middle section can be a bit slow, but he still puts on a fun hour; just don't expect to be amazed the entire time.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 4pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).