Search

Review: Barry and Stuart

23:16 15 June 2012

Magicians Barry and Stuart

Magicians Barry and Stuart

Archant

Magicians Barry Jones and Stuart MacLeod promise a new twist in their latest show: they give away all their secrets at the end.

Their Show and Tell tour begins with a fairly conventional first half with a mix of theatre-style magic. These aren’t big set pieces but a series of neatly created and performed tricks that fit well on the Norwich Playhouse stage.

The act lacks a little pace at times but most of the tricks deliver and the duo’s patter stays just the right side of smug - always a risk for conjurors.

But it’s after the break things change, with the two stripping their work bare.

Each trick is broken down into its constituent parts, showing the sleight of hand, misdirection and technology that together tricked you earlier.

Some parts of the act are pretty simple to deconstruct - others leave you still a little in awe of their ingenuity, even if your imagination has taken a back seat to your intellect. One explanation I frankly didn’t believe.

Parts of this drag and the two need to shine a little more brightly on stage to really engage the audience, but for the most part it is a genuinely interesting peek behind the curtain.

It’s not unknown for magicians to reveal their secrets with several acts breaking the taboo in recent years and so Barry and Stuart’s claim for edginess is a little overblown. What do they do deliver is an interesting and entertaining night out.

Barry and Stuart return to the Playhouse on Saturday night at 8pm.

0 comments

Other Diss events

Fri, 16:37
Family feat pix 23/10/14

Schools are out once again and families looking for some perfect half term fun are spoilt for choice. SIMON PARKIN highlights some of the shows taking place this week.

Fri, 14:55
The winners of the 2014 Paint Out Norwich competition.
1st Prize Haidee-Jo Summers. Title: Work to be Done - Elm Hill in Oil
2nd Prize Chris Daynes. Title: The Watergate - Pulls Ferry in Oil 
3rd Prize Roy Connelly. Title: The Dark Entry - Norwich Cathedral in Oil

An oil painting of one of Norwich’s most historic streets has scooped first prize in the inaugural Paint Out Norwich competition.

Tue, 09:22
Norwich Cathedral Hostry. Photo : Steve Adams.

Artists are getting their paintbrushes and easels ready to take part in a special open air art competition inspired by our fine city.

Mon, 13:17
The People's Tower being built which is a cardboard replica of St Peter Mancroft Church for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2014. The finished tower. Picture: Denise Bradley

A director of music, a city theatre and an art fair are among the people’s choice when it comes to Norfolk’s great champions of the arts.

Most Read

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition