Morgan and West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (and Childish Grown-ups!)
Mutton chops, waistcoats and a cabin set the Victorian scene for Morgan and West’s Utterly Spiffing Show of masterly magic and merry mayhem. Before the children-thronged audience, the duo begin by arguing over whether youngsters are welcome or not, Mr West being decidedly unenthusiastic.
Quickfire Victorian-style comic patter heralds the first trick – the disappearing bottle – and a favourite technique to amusingly confuse the audience: getting the magic wrong several times before getting it triumphantly, and bewilderingly, right. West deploys silly semantics and illogical logic to irritate and frustrate the audience before pulling off his amazing “vanishing water” trick, while some sequences such as “bullet catch” are pure chuckle-making spoof.
Rivalry often disturbs co-operation, as Morgan constantly hilariously interrupts West’s bombastic pre-trick patter or suddenly brings one child after another on to the stage, throwing more complications into his routine. The latter mode climaxes brilliantly with the Amazing – and infinitely puzzling – Card Trick.
The duo’s highly polished interactions sustain a cracking pace with superb timing and elan, while Kevin Macleod’s dramatic soundtrack boosts the appeal and Poppy Burton-Morgan’s tight direction keeps chaos within bounds. Superbly crafted, this show’s debut prior to an autumn UK tour is a rollickingly amusing success.