Keith Fields' M@gic.comedy
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2003
Take a trip to the edge of reality where magic happens, minds are read and bodies mutilated all for the sake of a good laugh.
Fields bounds on stage with copious energy and an immediately engaging stage presence.
He is clearly from magic's old school, but adds a contemporary twist with the help of computer technology and filmed sketches to break up the tricks.
With Rob Brydon looks and Bruce Forsyth delivery, he exudes warmth, and his material is strong, too. Fields has the audience eating out of his hand from the outset and gets them even more on side with crowd-pleasing revelations about his tricks.
Fields is a true entertainer and even though there is not much scope for spontaneity, his stage act is visual and his enthusiasm infectious.
It's all traditional magic circle trickery balloons, card-tricks and levitation, but the key to Field's popularity is that he doesn't overegg the magic, balancing slight of tongue with slight of hand'.
Fields obviously has a funny streak, making the audience rapturous; behaving like they were at children's birthday party with a naughtily playful entertainer..
Some of the tricks were slightly obvious, which was probably intended, and, unfortunately, the encore did not top the finale, but Fields did insist on it, possibly massaging the ego perhaps.
Not necessarily a show for hardcore comedy-goers, but nevertheless a good time was had by all.