Kevin Quantum – award winner, record breaker, trickster! Kevin is unique, in his own words, a ‘hybrid,’ & you can totally see why he won ‘best magic’ award at the Adelaide Fringe. After dropping his PHD in physics 12 years ago, he undertook a career in magic which led him to stand before me at the Edinburgh Fringe. Kevin throws himself into his show from the outset, the set is simple and practical, which is necessary for the fast turnaroud of the Fringe, while the theatre was intimate enough to feel involved. I took my two children, the 8-year old being confident he could explain how each trick was done, but ten minutes in he was baffled.
Having spent half of my adult life studying physics and half magic, I explore the exotic space where science and magic meet. Read the full interview…
During sell-out shows at last year’s fringe, a fellow Mumbler reviewed ‘Vanishing Point’ and described Kevin as kind and friendly with a comedic presence. It was great to see he hasn’t lost any of that, despite a gruelling schedule of two shows per day this year. – the other being ‘For My Next Trick 2,’ at Underbelly, Cowgate. The one we show, Neon Future, is definitely worth the ticket; Kevin’s scientific background gives him an edge, while his confidence and ability sets him aside from less impressive acts. At all times his warmth towards his audience and participants sets everyone at ease. There were a smattering of minor weaknesses, and despite being funny and entertaining all the way through, it was still lacking a little bit of oomph. Perfect family entertainment, however, my kids were gabbling with appreciation after the show.
Overall the technophiles will love Neon Future, and those who love their traditional magic just as much. That they sit as easy bedfellows in the same show is another story – sometimes it worked, sometimes it was a little contrived, but we were witnesses to a grand and entertaining spectacle all the same.
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose
July 31 – Aug 26 (18:00)