Adults Only Magic Show • Glam Adelaide

Presented by Showmen Productions
Notice published on February 22, 2022

The title Adults only magic show really indicates what’s in the box with this production. It’s a hilarious combination of grown-up humor, illusions, and unique takes on old magic show favorites.

Sam Hume and Justin Williams are the duo behind the Showmen and passionate artists on stage. Their comedy, magical stunts, and transitions are all fast-paced with the potential for plenty of “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” moments as they layer plenty of illusions to heighten the distracting elements.

The illusions draw on some of the well-known card, escape and vanishing art games, but presented in their own twisted way, including stunt races with a very grown-up consequence for the finalist. The adult-only humor included in the show is a great addition that didn’t necessarily feel fancy, especially since it builds on the “risk” elements of such a show.

There is a high level of audience participation in the various stunts, which at times was a little clunky to get ‘enthusiastic’ guests onto the stage, but overall it adds to the engagement and interactivity from production. Some management of some guests might speed up a few parts of the show, but that would all be part of the random aspects of the show.

In the show, there’s a backstory of Hume and Williams splitting their time as a magical duo, including losing their possessions and rebooting. It gives a good insight into the human side of the performers in addition to their stage characters.

Adults only magic show is an absolute pleasure. It’s a chaotic magic show for people who want to see illusions with a mature note. It contains high levels of swearing (lots from the audience) and nudity as part of the show.

Adults only magic show is in Adelaide until Fringe ends next month and is in several different locations in Gluttony.

Reviewed by Alex Dunkin
Twitter: @AlexDunkin

Location: The Flamingo & The May Wirth, Gluttony, Murlawirrapurka/Rymill Park, Adelaide.
Season: 18and February – 20and March 2022
Duration: 70 minutes
Tickets: $21.75-$35

Score out of 5: 4.5

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Brian L. Hartfield