World Magic Review was originally launched in 2014 as ‘Magic and Mentalism Review’, the only online website dedicated to reviewing magic, mentalism, and hypnosis stage shows and street performances. It went on temporary hiatus as the creator stepped aside to work with BroadwayBaby (reviews from this time have been cross-posted), but was relaunched in the spring of 2017.
Note on Star Ratings
Wait, when did the stars come back?
Star ratings are a point of contention at nearly every reviewing publication. Audiences are used to stars, and they do make a handy visual for performers to put on their marketing material. But they also do condense complex judgements into an often somewhat misleading hard number. In 2017, WMR experimented with not using stars. Each reviewer did assign a star rating, which was kept on file, but these were not published with the reviews. Following feedback from audience members, reviewers, and magicians, we have brought back star ratings, and have back published the stars assigned to reviews from 2017. We appreciate all the feedback we have received on this! Always feel free to stay in touch with your friendly neighborhood magic critics.