This show is truly eclectic. Uniting stand-up comedy and magic tricks, nobody in the audience is initially sure what to make of German-born, Switzerland-inhabitant, Britain-frequenter Tom Lauri. His comedy is mediocre, stuttering and seemingly without much continuity; but whilst his comic timing is offbeat, his magic certainly isn’t. Although he repeatedly pretends to be hapless and incompetent (which does seriously wear thin), the tricks he does complete are impressively slick and as baffling as good magic should be. The show ultimately suggests that while Lauri has enough gift of the gab to be on stage, he should confine his showmanship to conjuring first and foremost; the comedy isn’t worth the bother.
Sweet Grassmarket, 11-27 Aug (not 18, 25), 2.20pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Olivia Sleet]