CHARLIE CAPER: MAGICAL

☆☆☆☆☆

The simplicity of the show title “Magical” perfectly reflects Charlie Caper’s 2022 Edinburgh Fringe show.  He doesn’t bother with an overarching plotline for the show, the closest we get is his recurring bowtie magic motif.  However, he is a master of the street magic style that he performs.  Everything bumbles along perfectly in keeping with his slightly scatterbrained character, without him ever losing control of the stage. 

The highlight of Caper’s shows is never the magic, as perfectly performed as it always is.  Caper always brings a selection of the robots that he creates to join in his show, to play the assistant role in a few of his tricks.  It’s the marvel of these robots and the delight of his adorable interactions with them that really sets his shows apart.  This year we only get two of them (Caper’s fans may remember that he devoted his show to introducing us to hundreds of them a few years ago) but they are as delightful as ever.  The most memorable one is given a little bowtie to match Caper’s own. 

The magic that Caper performs may be recognizable to those who attend a lot of magic shows, but here we see it performed flawlessly.  His brief coin trick uses an extra large coin, which is helpful for those seated toward the back of his venue, and his card tricks similarly involve a signed card to make it easier for the whole audience to follow along with the action.  A veteran street magician, it’s evident that Caper has honed his act in front of large crowds and easily avoids any of the usual pitfalls of performing sleight of hand to such a big group.  He is especially charming when he invites a young child on stage to participate in a trick, indulging her curiosity about his props without letting it break his flow. 

In Magical, Caper’s effects are always perfect and often beautiful.  Though he is not especially well advertised, his reputation alone gets him a decent crowd early in the Fringe, which can only grow as word of his current show’s quality spreads.  Fringe goers interested in excellent magic would do well to spend an hour with Caper. 

More information on Charlie Caper and his performance dates can be found here.

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