Fringe review: Simon South - magic!

Simon South - close up magic at The Street. Pic: Cath Ruane
Simon South - close up magic at The Street. Pic: Cath Ruane
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Simon South Plays With Cards, The Street (Venue 239), 6.30 p.m.

Close up magic from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ contestant.

You never quite know who will pop up in the huge range of free shows that run through the Fringe Festival.

Standing at the top of Picardy Place with time to kill before ‘Forth On The Fringe’ we saw a poster for a close-up magic show - so we popped in.

Turns out Simon South, the man whose hands are quicker than our eyes, was a quarter-finalist in Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.

It was his first show downstairs in The Street - the pub sits at the very top of Broughton Street, just up from the Playhouse - so, in effect, our group was his preview night audience.

With a couple of packs of cards, and a needle and thread, he presented his own twist on some familiar tricks, and left us all wondering just how he pulled ‘em off.

We were all sat round his table and involved in every trick, and still have no idea how he switched cards we held in our hands, or how he took a £5 note, twisted it into the tiniest ball and stuck it inside a lemon; an old trick but one which still leaves you baffled, not to mention in possession of a lemon-soaked fiver!

True, not every trick worked, but he was able to laugh off the setbacks and quickly move on to something else.

Engaging, witty and very skilled, Simon South’s show was a good re-introduction to the free festival.

>> Simon South Plays With Cards, The Street (Venue 239), 6.30 p.m.