Ali Cook is a man that makes seemingly impossible acts become reality. The entire show contains an array of mind-boggling trickery, covering a range of magic styles, where one trick is as incredible as the last. Ali Cook’s performance is very polished, he exudes an infectious confidence as he moves through the evening, starting on a light note and engaging the audience instantly. As well as his enormously impressive sleight of hand, and tricks that mean you would label him a conjurer, the act possesses much more depth than that.
Cook is constantly in dialogue with the audience, effortlessly fusing magic with comedy. He delivers some fantastic one liners and anecdotes, all interspersed between his brain twisting tricks. Whilst he is pushing the boundaries of what is possible on stage from a magic perspective, his fast paced banter is pitched perfectly. Characters such as Sooty, Paul McKenna, Princess Diana and Cook’s Grandma all gain a mention in his performance.
The highlights of the show are numerous, with each and every trick further baffling and bewildering the awestruck audience. On more than one occasion Cook renders the faces of the audience into a stunned state. You will come out of this show honestly feeling not like you have watched an hour of deception and illusion, but truly been witness to magic. If you are at all interested in being marvelously confused and delighted at the same time, Ali Cook is the show for you this Fringe.