Paul Wilson is considered to be one of the leading authorities on dissolute gambling techniques, and has worked as a professional consultant for casinos across the globe. After watching this bafflingly impressive sleight of hand performance, it was obvious why major betting establishments treasure his insider knowledge. Wilson’s digits are extraordinarily dexterous after decades of obsessively manipulating decks of cards. His skills are so refined that he can achieve seemingly impossible feats of deception while still holding eloquent conversations with captivated audience members. Those who are familiar with expensive magic programmes on television may be somewhat disappointed with the unglamorous props used during the show. However, Wilson’s advanced talents are unquestionable and I never felt tricked out of my time.
Zoo, 3-27 Aug, 8.00pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Joseph Fleming]