FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Mysteries at the Maj (4.5 stars)

Review by Laura Money

Ok, this is going to be a challenge! How to convey to you the awesomeness of a mentalist show without giving anything away or being accused of being hypnotised/manipulated into giving a great review?  Well, I don’t think I have been hypnotised but I have had my mind blown!

Pierre Ulric is a master at his craft. He combines showmanship with immense talent and cheeky little nods to magicians of the past. With so many other shows of this nature vying for ticket sales, how does Ulric distinguish himself from the rest? Well, he is clever – the show starts at the end! I know what you’re thinking, how does that work? Ulric is so funny he claims that we have all gotten to know him over the course of the past 55 minutes and it’s believable because of the nature of these mentalist shows.

What follows are brilliant tricks, from mind reading what is written on cards in sealed envelopes, to card tricks, and even spoon bending. Ulric is clever and funny with a charming and soothing voice. He tells you some pretty interesting facts about the deck of cards and how it came about and keeps up a running gag about a seemingly bottomless vase of water. It’s these funny little asides and time-manipulation that make the show. From reassuring us that ‘it doesn’t always work’ (although I suspect it does!) to shrewdly picking the ‘right’ people from the crowd, Ulric is the master of manipulation, but he’s just so charming, you don’t mind!


When: 7th – 11th February 2017 | 6:00pm

Where: Ace’s Cabaret @ Downstairs at the Maj | His Majesty’s Theatre | PERTH

Tickets: $36 – $40

Info: Duration 50 minutes | Recommended 15+