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Monday, July 13, 2015


 (Brendon Peel)

Reviews from the artSMart team in Grahamstown at the 2015 National Arts Festival

Entertaining and amusing show offers cool and quirky facts to take back home. (Review by Khinali Bagwandeen)

During the festival, I have watched a reasonable number of illusion performances, but none of them quite like this one. With an intimate audience, Brendon Peel managed not only to wow the crowd, but also give us some cool and quirky facts to take back home.

Magic Through The Ages was not merely a magic show, it literally took us through the history of magic and Peel taught the audience instead of simply preforming a few tricks.

Brendon Peel is a young performer who first directed and performed his own show at the festival at the young age of 18. His focus is usually on a type of magic called mentalism, but this show was more about how the good old tricks that we all know of came about. It was entertaining for people of all ages and Peel kept the audience involved, interested and amused from beginning to end.

Sometimes it may appear that, because magicians are performing in a way not many people can - and magic is all about the big secret - they usually have a small ego that reflects through their work but this was most definitely not the case for Peel.

With television competition such as Dynamo and David Blaine, I would assume it would be hard to amaze an audience from a stage. I was obviously wrong, content in this case is everything.

Brendon Peel also has another show on the Festival which focuses purely on mentalism called Frame of Mind.

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