As magic show themes go, Elliot Bibby’s for Magic in a Jiffy is the most instantly relatable. Who among us has never had trouble with buying things online? Bibby covers common pitfalls, from a late delivery delaying important plans and buying something that arrives looking not quite how you expect.
While many of Bibby’s tricks use techniques that fans of magic might find familiar, each one is impressively tailored to fit his theme. Bibby reads minds using the names of large companies with a focus on those in the shipping industry—albeit with an anecdote about McDonald’s that much of the audience seems to have no idea how to respond to—and predicts a second participant’s random choice with the help of a magically speedy Amazon delivery. This is even noticeable in the little moments. Many magicians make the exact same joke about sniffing their markers, so Bibby’s take on this theme is a fun surprise and perfectly suits his onstage character.
At the show reviewed, Bibby unfortunately made an uncharacteristic number of slip-ups in performing his sleight of hand, that an observant audience member would not be able to help but notice. This was perhaps simply due to illness; Bibby’s voice was noticeably hoarse. However, aside from those issues, Bibby powered through with an admirable amount of energy.
Bibby interacts with his audience participants with care and respect. One woman in particular was slightly distressed at the halfway point of a trick involving her bank card, and Bibby quickly switched off his microphone to reassure her. While this did briefly interrupt the flow of the show, it is commendable that he valued an audience member’s emotional comfort over his own performance. This moment cut through the stage presence to reveal Bibby as a genuinely good person.
Magic in a Jiffy is charming in its skillful construction and delightful in Bibby’s adept performance. It is well worthwhile for good fun magic.