Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Card Ninja

While not being a Magic show or Card Trick show as such, this is great fun with Extreme Card Manipulation

Presented by Javier Jarquin
Reviewed 11 March 2018

The GC at the German Club is into its second year as a Fringe venue – and what a great one it is, housing as it does some very popular acts such as the Bald Eagles through to some lesser known gems: Card Ninja is one of these sparkling little diamonds hidden away amongst the more flashier ones.

New Zealander Javier Jarquin is THE Card Ninja! What does that mean? Simply that Jarquin grew up wanting so much to be a Ninja and had a fascination for cards, and so combined the two – as you do.

The show is not a Magic show (as Jarquin keeps reminding us via a nice little running gag), nor is it a Card Trick show. It is 55 minutes of Ninja moves performed expertly by Jarquin, whilst displaying excellent dexterity at Extreme Card Manipulation. It is also 55 minutes of some of the best sheer fun one is likely to have at this year’s Fringe.

Jarquin is an extremely likeable person full of fun and loads and loads of energy. He obviously has very good people skills and has his audience enthralled from minute one.

This is a different (in a good way) type of Fringe performance and deserves to be seen by more than the nine of us who witnessed it the night I reviewed – mind you, Jarquin performed as if we were 90 in number.

An honourable mention must go to young audience member Cayden, who supplied a rocking soundtrack on his IPhone.

This Card Ninja WILL entertain you, young Grasshopper!

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Twitter: @briangods

Rating out of 5: 5

Venue: The Studio at the GC (German Club)
Season: Until 18 March 2018
Duration: 55 mins
Tickets: $25 – $30


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