Dino Dorado welcomes his audience to Experience himself and his mind reading tricks in this show. Incredibly enough he is even performing in his non-native language—Dorado is Austrian but his English is strong enough for an entire mind reading show. This is extraordinary enough from a monolingual English perspective. Dorado’s mind reading itself, however, is patchy. He has difficulty recovering from a rough start, although he does, in the end, get himself back on track.
The rough patch hit Dorado at the very start of his show. Dorado mis-read his participants’ minds on his first few attempted effects. This is understandable, mistakes do happen. Magicians are people too. However, as a performer Dorado could have dealt with the situation a bit better. He was visibly dispirited at each miscalculation, and seemed to lose a bit more of his performance persona at every misstep. Dorado would have been better off keeping his performance energy high and keeping the audience engaged in watching him.
That being said, Dorado’s mind reading skills picked up as the show went on. His spirits and energy picked up in direct correlation as his effects began to have more successful results. By the time he managed to correctly determine two pieces of meaningful information thought up by two different participants, he had fully regained his enthusiastic energy and the audience’s wonder. His early errors did have the beneficial side effect of making his later successes appear that little bit more impressive in contrast.
Once Dorado had gotten his mind reading back on track, his exuberant stage presence was able to shine. All of Dorado’s audience participants—although perhaps especially his later participants, who he was better able to read—were made to feel welcome on his stage. Dorado likes to get physically close with his participants of all genders, but his mannerisms make this playful and nonthreatening.
Dorado’s show was a mixed Experience on the evening that it was reviewed. He could not consistently back up his requests for applause from the audience with solid magic, or even consistent showmanship. However, if the latter half of his show is any indication, he does have the potential for a much better performance.