Fringe Review: RanDom

From television’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, to the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Dom is the don for comedy magic.

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From beer to phone sex, this is comedy magic at its most random
Overall
4

Presented by Dom Chambers

The name of Dom Chamber’s comedy magic show may be a play on words but it’s also a descriptor for the running sheet of Chamber’s wonderfully funny show.

Opening with his unique beer magic act that made him a notable name when he appeared on television’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Chambers quickly establishes his skills as both a magician and comedian. The act involves Chambers revealing seven full glasses of beer and a bottle of wine from his person without spilling a drop. It would be that latter point that’s most impressive to some!

Between routines, the lights fade momentarily as a clear signal that there is no connecting story or theme other than to have a lot of laughs and be wowed by mind games, new uses for technology, and the like.

Chambers interacts well with the audience, including those too young to be present. He keeps his acts focused and tight, even when engaging with his onlookers. Audience participation is kept to a minimum overall, generally from one’s seat, but there are a couple of significant skits that require a more active involvement.

While Dom Chambers promotes himself as a magician, a more accurate description would be a comedian who also performs magic. He’s engaging, quick-witted, and knows how to deliver a barrage of visual and verbal jokes that don’t let up for the duration of the show.

His magic is magical but his comedy is priceless.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Twitter: @StrtegicRetweet

Venue:  Parasol Lounge at Gluttony, Rymill Park, Adelaide
Season:  until 17 March 2019
Duration:  50 minutes
Tickets:  $22 – $32

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