REVIEW – MAGIC GOES WRONG – APOLLO THEATRE

Magic really does go wrong in this show! And it’s hilariously chaotic.


© Tristram Kenton

Magic Goes Wrong is from the minds of Mischief Comedy, the creators of the Play that Goes Wrong and created in collaboration with world renowned magicians Penn and Teller (who I adore, and met in Las Vegas!). 

The show centres around a group of magicians performing a fundraising show. Sophisticato (Shane David Joseph) is hosting a magic charity gala in memory of his late father. And it’s to fundraise for victims of magic disasters! He’s gathered some absolutely terrible performers to take part, including The Mind Mangler (Henry Lewis) – who honestly I found hilarious and could have watched a whole show of just him.

There’s also The Blade (Kazeem Tosin-Amore) who specialises in dangerous tricks and subsequently gains multiple injuries throughout the show. It’s honestly a miracle that he makes it to the end.

There is some audience participation throughout which makes the show feel like a real magic show. The show doesn’t really have a storyline in the traditional sense, it’s more of the magic show playing out in front of you and everything that can possibly go wrong, going wrong.

© Tristram Kenton

The star of the show for me was Henry Lewis as the Mind Mangler – his character was the only fully rounded and realised one, and the one that stuck in my mind after the show had ended. Oh, and the other highlight is Sophisticato’s dove trick where all his doves are dead!

I really enjoyed this show, it leaves you feeling good, it’s hilarious and pure chaos happening on stage. Comparisons are likely to happen due to this being a Mischief Comedy show – The Play That Goes Wrong has more of a storyline and flows better than this show. Magic Goes Wrong is hilarious, but slightly rough around the edges and in need of some fine tuning. However, it’s still a fun, light-hearted night out that had the audience in stitched.

The show is now on a tour of the UK – so catch it in a city near you!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Check out my review of Mischief Theatre’s other production – The Play that Goes Wrong

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