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ED2012 Cabaret Review: Doug Segal – How To Read Minds And Influence People (Mick Perrin for Just For Laughs Live)

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Segal bounded on to the stage for his hour of mind tricks and comic quips, with all the enthusiasm of a floppy eared spaniel, and with all the slickness that befits a former ad-man. Randomly selected audience members came forward to help in mind-reading illusions apparently achieved through lie-detection, the power of persuasion and statistics. Part of me was wishing that he would fail, especially when picked on to assist, and there’s tantalising belief that, with enough thought, one could work these tricks out. But, although the penultimate illusion left some of us more bemused than amazed, he succeeds, and the finale involving an audience member performing the most breath-taking illusion grudgingly forced me to my feet with the rest of them.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2-27 (not 13), 7.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Lia Sanders]

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