Perhaps unsurprisingly – given that his magic show is called 2 Faced Deception – I felt like there was a lack of genuineness about Chris Dugdale. Of course magic is all just tricks, but the use of masks, videos and cameras seemed to prevent the audience from ever really connecting with the magician. What’s more, possibly as a consequence of his much-discussed time in Las Vegas, Dugdale is overly slick, with little of the warmth of similar acts. This overall lack of rapport meant that even when tricks were quite impressive, the applause almost always had to be prompted. However, applause came much more easily than laughter, which is somewhat worrying for a show is listed in the comedy section.
Assembly George Square, 1-27 Aug, 6.10pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Holly Close]