REVIEW – Bibism

*****

Strolling down a bustling Cowgate, looking for a show to fill an hour late evening, a stream of flyers, posters and chalk boards invited us to witness 5 star cabaret performances, be entertained by various members of Channel 4’s comedy circuit, dance to live music, or simply chill with a drink in the many busy bars.

But we longed for something different.

Edinburgh Magician, Elliot Bibby was out flyering his own show and managed to woo us in to his venue. By the time we’d got a drink from the bar, the queue had filtered into the venue, and as we grabbed one of the last seats, it continued to spill into every available standing space resulting in a full venue. Not bad for a debut Fringe show.

An engaging hour of magic tricks, stories and audience participation ensued – amusing the usual diverse Fringe audience – that included Europeans, families, older and younger couples, and of course students.

Without giving the show away, a series of tricks and comedic moments were executed with baffling skill and involved the audience every step of the way, be it physically up on stage, or verbally selecting random suggestions from the audience.

Beyond the tricks, Elliot engaged the crowded Annexe, with his relaxed chat, well rehearsed routines and off-the-cuff one liners.

Usually with the Fringe, you pay your money and you take your chance. Having taken our free chance, with Bibism, we left more than happy to pay our money on the way out.

An impressive debut Fringe show containing impressive magic tricks and strokes of comedy. Elliot Bibby is certainly one to watch.

Bibisim is on at the Liquid Rooms Annexe at 9pm until 8th August.

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