Surprise plot twists and big reveals can make for exciting entertainment, but sometimes it’s nice to go in to a show knowing what to expect and having those expectations perfectly matched. Simon South’s Mid Fringe Miracles is that kind of magic show. There’s no theme, philosophizing, or plotline to unify the magic, but it’s done well, and South is an engaging entertainer to watch onstage.
South utilizes a range of magic tricks that tend toward the classical. There is even a multitude of brightly colored scarves – spot on for a perfect caricature of a magician. A brief bout of mind reading touches on the lack of women in magic, an important point in this often homogenous industry, but does not dwell on it. A highlight is a very pretty effect involving smoke, fire, and a couple of glasses. South here shows a modern creativity in prop choice, using an e-cigarette to create the smoke.
This odd Fringe has often resulted in unusually reduced audiences, and South unfortunately fell victim to this circumstance. However, he made the most of those who were there. A couple of individual disruptions, including one poor soul who came in expecting a rapper and left when he realized he was at a magic show, failed to derail South’s performance, as South cheerfully commented on the interruption and returned to his act. The smaller audience size means that absolutely everyone participates, creating an intimate communal atmosphere.
Mid Fringe Miracles is just about as quintessentially magic as it can get. Trick follows trick and South guides us through them with an unendingly chipper flow of jokes and stories. It’s the comfort food of magic shows, and in a year of so many real life plot twists and unexpected changes maybe this is exactly what magic fans will want.
More information on Simon South and his performance dates can be found here.