Waiting for Hitchcock

A rather offbeat hour is presented by Finnish magician, Robert Jagerhorn. The show has our host preparing to present the first ever Hitchcock movie, a silent thriller from the 1920s. However, disaster strikes as the projector encounters a few problems which leave him to distract the audience for a while before attempting to recreate the film himself.

This is a good show to take a couple of elderly family members along to; chances are they’ll love it.

The show harks back to a bare bones style of slapstick comedy; old fashioned techniques and styles reminiscent of the silent age of cinema are impeccably performed by the goofy, jolly protagonist. It’s certainly a show that will be appealing to the older members of the audience, as was the case with the small crowd present upon my attendance.

Whilst it’s likeable enough, the show tends to drag at points, pacing issues become apparent as Jagerhorn tends to take his time with his tricks. This also means there’s too much time available for the audience to figure out the technicalities, for example when Jagerhorn uses a bulk of magazine covers to help narrate the story of how he met his wife, the trick goes on long enough to spot how the effect is achieved.. Other times you can spot Jagerhorn slyly picking things up or slipping objects into his pocket. That’s not to say that he is a bad magician, some of the tricks in this set are truly outstanding and of a kind that I have not seen before.

Jagerhorn is a likeably odd, charming host. He is very gracious to his audience and he instantly gets you on his side with his comedic timing. Despite the rumblings of rave music heard from other studio spaces in the building, the show remains a rather twee, quietly humbling hour of comedy and magic. This is a good show to take a couple of elderly family members along to; chances are they’ll love it.

Reviews by Stewart McLaren

Online at www.DavidLeddy.com (with Traverse Theatre)

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Breathtaking news: Alfred Hitchcock's first silent film Number 8 has just been found! The discovery of this thrilling spy story was made by magician Robert Jägerhorn. Due to some unexpected events, Robert is forced to present the story without the film. 'The show is full of irresistible magic and brilliant comedy, creating an unforgettable show from this pioneer within magic' (BroadwayWorld.com). www.waitingforhitchcock.com

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