Fringe Review: House of Mirrors

In a throwback to fairs and carnivals of a bygone era, the House of Mirrors offers a quick maze to test your sight and sanity.

By
Mirrors, mirrors, everywhere!!
Overall
3

Reviewed at the Garden of Unearthly Delights on 14 February 2019

Presented by Buxton Walker

In a throwback to fairs and carnivals of a bygone era, the House of Mirrors offers a quick maze to test your sight and sanity.

Created by Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, the structure sits just inside the gates of The Garden of Unearthly Delights. Couples are sent in, spaced only minutes apart, to wander precariously through the maze.

The reflective walls create a path of infinity mirrors that are angled so that you don’t always see your own reflection immediately, making the twists and turns through this delightful house-of-fun even tricker.

If you’ve got good eyesight then there are tell-tale signs to see you through – a smudge here, a join there, but punters are asked not to touch the mirrors as they wander through to avoid adding too many smudges. A nose-bump or two can barely be avoided though.

The endless reflections get even more confusing if you catch up to other lost souls trying to find their way out, with the final challenge being a hidden doorway that you won’t know is there until you stumble across it.

For my companion and I, we completed the maze in just over 5 minutes – primarily due to my companions irritatingly good eyesight. Alone, it may have taken me 15 minutes. The company recommends you allow up to half an hour.

The House of Mirrors is better built and trickier than the ones of old, and a great lot of fun. There are staff inside to aid anyone struggling so there’s no fear of being lost in the whirlpool of reflections forever. It’s great to see such innocent entertainment return after so long an absence.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Venue:  The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Park / Kadlitpina, Cnr East Tce & Rundle Rd, Adelaide
Season:  14 Feburary – 17 March 2019
Duration:  up to 30 minutes
Tickets:  $15 full, $50 family, $13 groups of 6+

 

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