FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Matt Tarrant – Honestly Dishonest (4.5 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Adelaide-based mentalist, Matt Tarrant is experienced at his craft but knows that bringing his magic to Perth is a calculated risk – and he is up for the challenge! His plan is for the audience to just to enjoy the pleasures of mind-manipulation the old-fashion way of spinning us out. Tarrant really make these tricks work!

This is not as easy as it sounds – most of these illusions have been done by other acclaimed illusionists and so in the information age it is easier us to know the secrets. Tarrant does not care if people know the secrets because he prides himself to control the whole of the audiences’ minds so they don’t see any sleight of hand.  Tarrant has so much gumption that he places a projection screen of live camera footage of his hands in action for different card tricks.

Everybody is spellbound by the genius of his work and he strategically builds up to trickier and trickier mentalist illusions. Tarrant keeps the audience engaged with his strong delivery of humility mixed with showmanship. The show is reliant on large amounts of crowd participation and even the hesitant members of the audience get involved, by using random selection methods of picking volunteers, all with a hint of personality.

Matt Tarrant – Honestly Dishonest is show that will blow your mind and excite you, even the skeptics will be in awe in how so many risks are taken, yet everything hits the mark.


When: 20th January – 19th February 2017 | 6:40pm

Where: Noodle Palace | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $23 – $31

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 15+