One of our criteria for deciding which of the thousands of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe should be the ones that we choose to see, is that we should see shows that we’re not normally going to see back in good old Northampton. So our next show certainly falls under that heading. Proving that they have nothing up their sleeves, it’s The Naked Magicians, at Pleasance One at the Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, at 22:30 on Tuesday 23rd. This is what the blurb has to say: “’It’s R-rated magic at its stunning best’ (TheGlobalGoddess.com). Following sold out shows and rave reviews in Australia, Asia, USA, Canada and New Zealand, the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show The Naked Magicians is coming to Edinburgh! ‘They are hot, mind-blowing and seriously hilarious. Five stars!’ (Radio B105 FM, Brisbane). This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. This show proves just that. ‘The most entertaining show of the year’ (AussieTheatre.com.au).”
I admit I’m just a little concerned at how the show will pan out – I hope it’s all done in the best possible taste, as Kenny Everett used to say! The magicians themselves are Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler – I’m sure it will be a lot of fun, I just hope they don’t ask Mrs Chrisparkle to give them a hand with any of the tricks! Check back about 11:45 tonight to see if it would have made Sooty blush, and by then the preview blog for our final show this evening should be available to read too.
I confess that the nearer this show got, the less I was looking forward to it; having been seriously embarrassed and irritated by the hen party mentality of the audience when we went to see The Full Monty. However, that was a proper play in a proper theatre, but this is a magic entertainment show with a twist. Not only were the audience simply out for having good natured fun, but the guys also performed the show with great style and humour. The magic is also pretty amazing, I’ve no idea how they did any of their tricks; and they also end up with a terrifically funny finale. This is a thoroughly good entertainment for…if not all the family, then by far the majority of them!