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Saturday, March 23, 2019


(Brendon Peel)

Brendon Peel certainly delivers an astonishing, intriguing and quite mind-blowing performance. (Review by Keith Millar)

Along with a group of friends, all rather cynical theatre buffs, we headed to the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo last night, to catch Brendon Peel’s show The Trickster, wondering if we were not in for some rather old-hat entertainment. Well, we were all very pleasantly surprised.

Brendon Peel opens his show with the question – “Is it real or is it all an illusion” – he repeats this again at the end.

According to my seven year old grandson, Landon, who saw the magicians show for children, titled Alakazam, earlier this week, Peel “definitely does real magic, otherwise he would have made us close our eyes.”

Well, with eyes closed or wide open, Brendon Peel certainly delivers an astonishing, intriguing and quite mind-blowing performance.

Peel, one of the leaders in his field, describes himself as a mentalist. He is an engaging, charming young man with a fine sense of humour and a sharp wit. A veritable boy next door. But beware – he can read your mind.

This he proves throughout his show, setting up almost impossible scenarios but somehow always getting the right answer in the end.

I was quite bamboozled and bewildered as to how he could memorise the order of an entire pack of cards, and to detect the missing card, all in a matter of minutes, solve a Rubric Cube while blindfolded and to identify which word had been randomly selected form the middle of a book.

These “illusions” along with several others are all part of this well-structured, interesting and entertaining show, which includes quite a lot of audience participation and interaction.

To answer the question – Is it real, or is it and illusion? Well, common sense dictates that it is all an illusion. But, for goodness sake, how does he do it?

Get to the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo yourself and see if you can work it out. In either event you won’t be disappointed.

The Trickster runs from until March 31 with shows on Fridays and Saturdays (tonight’s show – March 23, 2019, cancelled) at 20h00 and Sundays at 14h00. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners, students with a valid student card and tables of eight or more). Family Pack Pricing (R300 for two adults and two children free)

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email (also for group booking discounts of 20 or more) or visit

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo. – Keith Millar