In And For My Next Trick, Kevin Quantum fully embraces the silly side of magic. The slightest notion of a theme gives the show some structure, while allowing Quantum to perform a wide range of varying tricks. Quantum takes advantage of this freedom to show off an impressive breadth of versatility for an hour long show.
Early in the show, Quantum performs a well-judged card trick. Quantum’s audience is just big enough that the people at the back might have had trouble seeing a playing card, but Quantum made sure to use a heavily marked card for the duration of the trick to avoid any such difficulties. Quantum performs this trick with dexterity and poise, demonstrating his skill in classic sleight of hand.
Quantum gets into more story-based magic as well, with a magical attraction themed segment featuring a mock date with an audience participant. In such a trick the choice of participant is key, as they have a slightly more involved role than just picking a card, and Quantum chose perfectly. His participant appeared delighted to have her turn on stage, which made that part of the show even more delightful to watch. The theme led Quantum into a performance that was at times more comedy-based than magic, but this was no disadvantage as he entertained the audience throughout.
Performing can be unpredictable, and Quantum is adept at handling potentially challenging variables. Quantum has a good rapport with his audience. If he teases the participants who he brings on stage he comes across as friendly rather than antagonistic. Additional disturbances arose on this evening with equipment difficulties and an unusually noisy fan, but Quantum dismissed these with a smile and a joke, and did not allow them to have any detrimental effect on his performance.
Quantum uses And For My Next Trick to bring the audience on a quick journey through the more playful parts of his repertoire. Quantum seems to be having as much fun on stage as the audience is having watching him, which makes him all the more enjoyable to watch.
Kevin Quantum can be found at Gilded Balloon Teviot during the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe at 21:30 from August 9-20, 22-26
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