As he admits in the title of his show, Michael Rajasingam is awkward in An Awkward Magician with a Lemon. Luckily for the audience, it is a relatable, humorous type of awkwardness that adds charm to Rajasingam’s performance. Rajasignam spends plenty of time in his show allowing this humor to take center stage. His magic tricks are entertaining as well, although perhaps not so consistently, and he does occasionally have trouble combining the comic and magic aspects of his performance.
There are several points in the show in which Rajasingam successfully combines his magic tricks with his performance. The recurring motif of the lemon is a fun acknowledgement of the title of his show. In an unrelated moment, Rajasingam takes the time to tell a sweet story about his family as he performs a coin trick. This unexpectedly heartwarming routine is a break from the overall awkward humor that nevertheless harmonizes well with the rest of the show.
Unfortunately, Rajasingam’s performance of his other tricks is not always so impressive. There are a few times that he is noticeably distracted from the thread of his show to focus on getting a trick right. At other times, his sleight of hand is lacking, and his props might be visible at the wrong times. Both of these flaws simply require more practice to perfect his skills and integrate them with his performance.
The awkwardness of Rajasingam’s performance allows his relationship with his audience participants to develop a little bit more easily, as it is difficult to feel conspicuously awkward when standing on stage beside Rajasingam. Audience participants quickly feel at ease. Rajasingam is kind to those who he invites to join him, using them to demonstrate his tricks while still ensuring that they get to see the full extent of the magic.
While Rajasingam’s performance is not perfect, he is dependably entertaining and fun to watch. He uses his awkwardness as a character quirk rather than allowing it to hinder his performance. Rajasingam’s mistakes are only momentary, the overall effect of his show is delightful.