Adelaide Fringe Review: The Naked Magicians expertly deliver exactly as advertised

The Naked Magicians are just exactly as you would expect – two guys who strip down and perform magic tricks to a mostly female audience. This is no place for a guy’s night out, but there are probably plenty of “girl’s nights” in the audience. Endlessly touring Australia, the pair just wrapped up a run of shows at the Adelaide Fringe.

Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne are charming and likeable and are clearly practiced at putting the audience at ease with a dash of wit and plenty of saucy chat. Perhaps surprisingly they are dressed in a traditional magician’s suit but basically it’s a slow strip tease over the course of the show. Having toured all over the world, they have polished the performance to the highest standard.

Naturally there is plenty of audience participation, and the duo handle the volunteers with as much skill as they do with a pack of cards. The greatest skill a magician can have is the art of distraction and these boys somehow manage to distract an entire room of people over and over again. The tricks are similarly polished to perfection and even if you think you know how the tricks are done, the skill in which they are executed is commendable.

The show is fast paced and energetic with the energy of a television game show, but with fewer items of clothing. While the majority of the volunteers were women, one guy had the experience of almost smashing his mobile phone then finding it cleverly hidden on stage, all in full view of the audience.

Mike and Christopher do get fully naked, and spend a great deal of the show partially stripped, so you do get what is advertised. This show is one to let your inhibitions run wild as you enjoy some clever party magic tricks by two toned and attractive men. A room full of women can’t be wrong.

FIVE STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

The reviewer attended the performance on 2nd March. The run of Naked Magician shows at the Adelaide Fringe has come to an end, though their shows around Australia continue. Check out all their tour dates and other details at their official website: http://nakedmagicians.com.