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Review: Pete Firman: Jokes and Tricks


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Jokes and tricks is what you're promised and jokes and tricks is what you get.

It's a good ratio too with a strong steady stream of tricks running throughout the show, delicately decorated with plenty of good gags and patter. Some other magical acts have a more defined separation between their tricks and their jokey material with disappointing gag heavy interludes; Firman maintains a healthy balance and the magic always leads the show with the humour kept firmly, quite properly, in a supporting role.

There's a nice mix of magical amusement on offer, focussing on relatively small scale effects and illusions, the show has a reasonably intimate air to it, despite holding a fair sized audience.

Some of the tricks are rather silly, most of them are unfathomable, and everything is entertaining. Traditional elements and a few magical staples pop up from time to time such as cut-and-restored rope and the cheeky planting of a predicted playing card but Firman keeps his offerings feeling fresh and modern enough to keep it from feeling too old-school.

He's dependable, annoyingly talented and always enjoyable; Pete Firman is one of the best and most bankable magicians working today.

by Ian Phillips

Pete Firman will be touring the UK from 19th September. For listings see

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