Unpossible! A Magic Show is the type of Fringe show that makes me love coming back every year, because as is the essence of Fringe, you never know what to expect. Travis Bernhardt takes the stage in this often funny, but always impressive magical hour full of sleight of hand tricks and deceptions that look simple at first glance but always play to a bigger twist leaving you asking: how the hell did he do that?
Bernhardt comes across as a slightly clumsy magician who is most often purposefully disorganized to provide hilarious and spectacular results. Bernhardt focuses on four main tricks throughout his show, many that you have probably seen variations of before, however, Bernhardt builds them towards a very succinct and mind-blowingly fantastic finale leaving the audience with mouths agape unsure of what they truly just experienced.
Not only is Unpossible! A Magic Show a magic show but it’s also, at times, a history lesson of a few of the most popular magic tricks and illusions out there. Bernhardt never reveals the secrets of his trade, but definitely keeps a very tongue in cheek attitude that goes alongside his apparent clumsy demeanour that keeps you thinking he is going to let something he shouldn’t slip. But alas, every single word of Bernhardt’s show is carefully and cleverly crafted. There are times that we don’t expect him to succeed but because of his humble and endearing attitude we’re ready to forgive him and take the fault if he fails.
There were a few technical difficulties throughout the show with the lighting, that is debatable about whether it was deliberate or not. My only real issue with the show, and it’s really not that big of a quibble, is that at times the show felt like it started to drag and that there was a lot of downtime, but the final twists and turns of this captivatingly psychological magic show are fully worth every second spent in this theatre. The payoff is huge and 100% worth it. You are doing yourself a disservice if you miss this show.
Simon’s 2 Cents: This show is so genuinely wonderful that it makes you love life.