Baby-faced London, Ont., magician Keith Brown wants to make your fringe experience a magical one, and his one-man, hour-long Exchange hits the mark. Featuring straight-up magic — with playing cards, cellphones and neckties — and an impressive use of a memory palace to memorize a deck of cards, Brown’s sweetness and talent charm the audience. And when he brings out some curious and pointy props for his finale, he brings the show home with stomach-churning impressiveness.
While audience participation is a requisite for the show, Brown handles it with such affability, even wallflowers won’t wither. His easy manner and delightful skills create an alchemic performance that’s no trick.
— Barb Stewart