FRINGE REVIEW: Piff the Magic Dragon: Piff-tacular 2, Get Rich or Die Trying


5-29 Aug (not 17), 1515 (1615) @ Just the Tonic at the Caves

There are a number of good reasons to see this show: if you are part of a group who can’t decide between a magician and a comedian, you can have two for the price of one here. If you are with someone who would hate to get pulled up onstage, you can sit in the front row (it’s okay, audience volunteers are treated kindly, and may even get a treat!). If you like to see grown men dressed as dragons, this is the show for you. And of course it is also home to the world’s only levitating chihuahua.

Piff the Magic Dragon does a great line in dry, self-deprecating and offbeat humour (possibly the only show in town to have a tessellation joke). In between jokes, he performs some neat magic tricks using small props including cards, a cigarette (unlit of course!) and toys. And of course that chihuahua.

Despite the early time slot and the comedy costume, this is not intended as a children’s show. At least, not if their parents are keen on traditional family values. At this performance a nine year old girl sat in the front row and much humour was gleaned from Piff’s apparent discomfort as he came to the more “adult” bits of the show.

Comedy is, of course, a very subjective thing. But the audience here seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show and this particular journo was laughing too hard to take any notges, which seems perhaps as good a recommendation as one could give!

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