Magic Goes Wrong has opened at the Liverpool Empire and can be seen at the Liverpool Empire until Saturday 11 September.
Multi award-winning Mischief (The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One’s The Goes Wrong Show) are back to the stage with their new show created with magic legends, Penn & Teller.
Magic Goes Wrong is touring the UK so do check out their tour dates.
The basic premise of Magic Goes Wrong is that a hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target!
As fans of The Play That Goes Wrong I was excited to take my three girls aged 9,9.11 to see this new show and they were really excited to be back in the theatre for the first time in a long time, although I’d been lucky enough to review Hairspray the Musical last week.
I’ll start by saying that it was Tuesday and the start of the run for Magic Goes Wrong, and the theatre was pretty quiet. In comparison when I watched Hairspray last week the Empire was full to the rafters. I make this point as I think shows like this thrive off the audience, and without a full house, the atmosphere needed for a show like this was hard to achieve. If everyone is giggling and laughing then you do too, it’s infectious. Sadly this wasn’t the case.
Magic Goes Wrong isn’t a storyline so to speak, it’s a collection of magical illusions that don’t go quite right, and this for me I think was part of the problem. It’s 2 hours and 30 minutes of magic tricks that go wrong. If they had gone right but in the wrong way, which they did in a couple of places then I think I would have loved it. Unfortunately I didn’t and neither did the girls.
I think I was in the minority of those that didn’t love it, as there was quite a bit of laughing behind me, but for me (and the girls) there was something that didn’t quite hit the mark.
For balance and because I really want to love everything I see at the theatre after sooo long. I’m leaving you with some reviews from people who did love it, because comedy is very very subjective, and I’d be delighted if you think I’m wrong.