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Things That Never Happen

Travis Bernhardt, Vancouver, BC

Posted: 07/12/2011 9:28 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/15/2011 4:27 PM | Updates

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Son of Warehouse (Venue 5), to July 23

If you like your fringe with a slice of sleight-of-hand, look no further than Things That Never Happen. Vancouver’s Travis Bernhardt is a skilled magician and refreshingly low-key performer who combines wicked card tricks, wacky optical illusions and even a wink of mind-reading in the mix.

Beyond the magic itself, which is finely honed, Bernhardt’s style is polished yet unpretentious. His stage patter is conversational and peppered with self-deprecating humour, discussing the nerdiness of magic and the fact that he did once blow the big trick of the show. He’s a clever performer who knows how to use his likability to its greatest advantage.

Ultimately, though, it’s all about the magic, and Bernhardt’s style and sensibility allow the magic to shine in its own right, making Things That Never Happen, well, pure magic.

— Barb Stewart

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

The theatre of the impossible! Rarely seen masterpieces of parlour magic! Vancouver Pick of the Fringe runner-up (by audience vote)!

"Supercool …. If it sounds to you like lots of fun, I promise you, it will be" - CBC

"Not only a great performer but also charming and very funny" - Plank Magazine

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 min.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $7 for Matinees

http://www.travisthemagician.blogspot.com/

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Updated on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 4:27 PM CDT: Adds review

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