FRINGE REVIEW – Ali Cook, Pieces of Strange


Until 30 Aug (not 18)  2145 (2245)  @ Gilded Balloon

The first magic trick that Ali Cook learnt as a child was from a Paul Daniel’s set, but he’s certainly come a long way since then.   His hour-long Edinburgh Fringe show provides an astounding range of magic tricks and demonstrations of  jaw-dropping  mind-reading.

Ali’s comedy patter between the tricks is a little on the cheesy side and was reminiscent of David Brent and Jimmy Carr – but the audience were here to see the magic and not his jokes.  His magic performance skills are of great quality and the opening trick as a ‘cruise ship’ magician make him endearing to the audience.

His prediction tricks are nothing short of unfathomable and are the ones we’re still talking about a day later.  Ali does change the direction of the show a few times, displaying his amazing range of skills, albeit some bizarre ones.

The Houdini-inspired finale is nothing short of mind-blowing and worth the ticket price alone.

This Fringe venue is small allowing you to see the tricks up close, but you may leave suffering from a sore head trying to work out how on earth he does it.  Grab a ticket for this intimate setting whilst you can.

For more information, visit Ali’s website.

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