A bout of “psychic” interaction over a coffee and croissants is a pleasant way to spend a languid morning mid-Fringe. Bailey’s polished performance, although slow at times, is engaging and humorous, with the man himself being very likeable. Acknowledging his scepticism for claimed telepathic ability within the arts makes his mimicry and gentle teasing funny. Bailey culminates by guessing pre-written secrets, sticking them to his forehead and “channelling their cosmic energy”. The criticism that his relatively small-scale tricks have been used to exhaustion across world stages is fair, and I fail to see what makes Bailey any different. Perhaps a change of target audience for this glorified magic show would put Bailey on to a winner.
Sweet Grassmarket, 4 – 29 Aug, 11.30am (12.30pm), £8.00 – £9.00, fpp120.
tw rating 3/5