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Review: Morgan and West Parlour Tricks at Ed Fringe 2014

I know it is cheesy, but I love magic shows. I remember snuggling under the covers in my parents’ big bed in order to watch them on TV when I was a kid, and I still get a kick out of seeing them as an adult. Not the overwrought, super dramatic ones, mind you. I like my magicians a bit cheeky and out to have a good time, and Morgan and West definitely delivered.

The description on their website is utterly fitting: “Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present a brand new show chock full of jaw dropping, brain bursting, gasp eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan & West might just blow your mind.”

Me and Mr Morgan after the Aug 14 performance

Me and Mr Morgan after the Aug 14 performance

I saw some great tricks that I have never seen before, and their concept of Victorian-era time-traveling magicians is hilarious and oh so Steampunk. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to ruin the fun for people want to go and see them at Fringe and on their tour, but let me just say the diary trick still has my head spinning. Their onstage chemistry is great, and make sure to queue up early before their show so you get a chance to interact with them while you are waiting in line.

One tip for you Fringe goers. Try to sit in the front half of the theater. I was sitting in the back and the sight lines were fine, but I could hear a msucial act going on in a different venue and it was a bit distracting and they deserve your undivided attention.

Get your Fringe Fest tickets here: tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/morgan-west-parlour-tricks

They will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest now through Aug 25, but if you can’t make it all the way up to Scotland never fear! They start their UK tour in September with their show from last year’s Fringe (plus 30 minutes of new content in case you caught them last year). Check out the dates below, or visit their website for more information: www.morganandwest.co.uk/

11th September Chipping Norton

A Grand Adventure

Chipping Norton, Chipping Norton Theatre, 7.45pm show.

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12th September Uppingham

A Grand Adventure

Uppingham, Uppingham Theatre, 6.45pm show.

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13th September Uppingham

A Grand Adventure

Uppingham, Uppingham Theatre, 6.45pm show.

14th September Braintree

A Grand Adventure

Braintree, Braintree Arts Centre, 4pm show.

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19th September Chorley

A Grand Adventure

Chorley, Chorley Little Theatre, 7.30pm show.

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20th September Reigate

A Grand Adventure

Reigate, Harlequin Theatre, 7.30pm show.

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30th September London

A Grand Adventure

London, Pleasance Islington, 7.30pm show.

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3rd October Taunton

A Grand Adventure

Taunton, Quay Arts Festival, 7.30pm show.

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10th October East Grinstead

A Grand Adventure

East Grinstead, Chequermead Arts Centre, 8pm show.

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11th October Great Yarmouth

A Grand Adventure

Great Yarmouth, St. George’s Theatre, 7.30pm show.

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16th October Harrogate

A Grand Adventure

Harrogate, Harrogate Theatre, 7.30pm show.

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18th October Salford Quays

A Grand Adventure

Salford Quays, The Lowry, 8pm show.

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19th October Brighton

A Grand Adventure

Brighton, Brighton Comedy Festival, 4.15pm show.

23rd October Colchester

A Grand Adventure

Colchester, Colchester Arts.

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25th October Southampton

A Grand Adventure

Southampton, Hangar Farm Arts.

26th October Lyme Regis

A Grand Adventure

Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre, 6pm show.

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29th October Cardigan

A Grand Adventure

Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan, 7.30pm show.

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30th October Builth Wells

A Grand Adventure

Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Theatre, 7.30pm show.

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31st October Stourport

A Grand Adventure

Stourport, Civic Hall Theatre, 8pm show.

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4th November Inverness

A Grand Adventure

Inverness, Eden Court, 7.30pm show.

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8th November Reading

A Grand Adventure

Reading, South Street Arts, 7pm show.

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12th November Aberdeen

A Grand Adventure

Aberdeen, Lemon Tree Theatre, 7.30pm show.

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