By Jay Menard,
With Lights, Camera…. Magic, we have the pleasure of seeing a young magician growing into the spotlight. Thought not 100 per cent there yet, Savio Joseph shows more than enough charisma, talent, and sense of fun to warrant keeping an eye on.
His current Fringe production, Lights, Camera… Magic is an uneven but entertaining ride through magic. Joseph displays an easy-going charm and a self-effacing sense of humour and is adept at slight-of-hand magic and other standard tricks.
The first half of the show was a bit uneven and took some time to hit its stride. Some of the bits, particularly one involving a roll of toilet paper, went on a bit too long for the payoff that it provided. However, the second half was absolutely fantastic and Joseph seemed to find his comfort zone and timing.
If you’re a fan of magic shows at all, you’re not going to be surprised by anything you see here. There are a number of standard tricks that he performs, and performs well. But what’s missing is that one, true, signature trick that defines Joseph. He is a magician-of-all-trades and we have the luxury of watching him grow into his craft.
At just 18 years old, Joseph has a long and promising career ahead of him. His show is a bit rough around the edges, but it’s a pleasure to watch and it’s certainly designed to delight people from three to 103.
*** – three out of five stars
This review was originally published on theatreinlondon.ca.