Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Dom Chambers, A Boy and His Deck

This hilarious adult magic show at the Fringe will surprise you with its mystifying magic and unexpectedly raunchy humour.

This hilarious adult magic show will surprise you with its mystifying magic and unexpectedly raunchy humour.

Presented by: MindBlown Productions

Reviewed 19 March 2020

With “illicit drug magic” and condom tricks, Dom Chambers: A Boy and his Deck isn’t your average magic show. The set will mystify you with its card tricks, while simultaneously making you belly laugh.

While having a performance based solely on cards poses a risk of monotony, Chambers’ presentation is so funny, creative, and theatrical that at parts, it seems more like stand-up comedy than magic. You’ll only remember that you are, in fact, watching an illusionist when Chambers takes a break from “deck jokes” to amaze you with his card deck dexterity. 

Chambers, who first amazed mass audiences with an appearing beer pint trick on America’s Got Talent in 2019, put on a show that is part magic tricks, part raunchy jokes, and part story telling, with the magician effortlessly weaving a narrative of his teenaged introduction to his craft throughout. Battling with his ongoing struggle for “urbanity,” the magic world’s demand for propriety, Chambers walks us through his magician coming of age story. We see flashbacks of the young magician holding his first-ever deck of cards and making balloon animals, and we see his attempts to impress ever-elegant illusionist enigma T.S. Erickson.

While I won’t reveal too much of the storyline or detail his impressive tricks––think transporting cards, making them change while you watch them etc––I will reveal one thing: Chambers’ performance is hilarious and worthy of five stars, but with continuous dirty jokes and obscene anecdotes, it’s safe to say he failed in his facetious quest to be urbane. 

Chambers pulls off his wizardry and jokes with simple but effective props and staging. There is multicoloured lighting, a separate close-up camera for the cards, accompanying music, various props, and a screen for flashback photos and film clips. Everything comes together as a well-organised, cohesive glimpse into a deft magician’s path to finding his authentic version of magic, which is anything but urbane and anything but boring. 

There are still a few tickets left to the final show on Sunday, March 21. Snatch them up while you still can because this show is a must-see. 

Reviewed by Charlotte Pruett

Venue: The Umbrella Revolution, The Garden of Unearthly Delights

Season: One day left on Sunday, March 21

Duration: 1 hour

Tickets: $32 – $35


Rating out of 5: 5


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