FRINGEWORLD: Abracadabra and Other Useless Magic Words (4 stars)

Review by Laura Money

Have you always dreamed of being a magician? Do you want to dazzle your friends and family with your sleight of hand and baffling magic tricks? Always had a rabbit under that hat? Perth magic-man Jon Madd will break the first rule of magic for you and reveal his tricks!

Madd is charismatic and funny. He takes the lesson in an entertaining and candid manner. Firstly, he dazzles the audience with a card trick. It’s impressive – there are gasps and jaws dropping all over the speigeltent! Never fear – Madd will show you how to perform that very trick by the end of the show you will be a magician extraordinaire.

I can’t actually give too much away here – that’s Madd’s job, but I will say that he presents the trick in several ways – all equally impressive. After showing off a little – Madd lacks the showy over-the-top flashiness of a magician – he’s humble and obviously passionate and reverent of the magic he presents. Madd then breaks down how he achieves his trick. Adults and children alike can learn from him, as his manner is calm and easy to understand.

Madd’s sheer love of magic tricks shines through as he plays with the children he teaches. There are more than one ‘ahhh’ moments rippling through the crowd…after seeing the show I just have one question for you: would you like to see a magic trick?

When: 13 + 14, 20 + 21 February 2016 (4:30pm)

Where: De Parel Speigeltent, Perth Cultural Centre, PERTH

Tickets: $15 – $20

Info: Duration 55 minutes, Suitable for all ages (Children encouraged!)