A master of magic – and a vision of Harry Potter in 40 years’ time

Ian Keable
Ian Keable

Ian Keable: Funny Tricks

Square Chapel, Halifax

All Ian Keable asks of his audience is to suspend disbelief and regress into childhood as he performs a series of baffling illusions, occasionally announcing what he is going to do beforehand – yet still we don’t get how he does it!

The first half of his Funny Tricks show contained several classic feats: silky skills with handkerchiefs which apparently tie and unravel themselves, a torn newspaper which this master magician imperceptibly restores and a routine which left a number of borrowed jewellery rings inexplicably linked together.

After the interval Keable revealed himself to be more mind-raider than mind-reader as he plundered the thoughts of people selected at random. It didn’t matter whether they thought of a particular playing card or pluck any word from a dictionary, this bespectacled magician had the answer.

Keable, a former winner of the Magic Circle Comedy Award possesses impressive sleight of hand, a skill complemented by the jaunty, jocular narrative which engages and connects with his audience.

Frequently offering out his props for close inspection, this one-man act was a compendium of baffling, mesmerising tricks which left us all spellbound.

It’s curious to speculate that JK Rowling probably did Ian Keable a favour when she penned Harry Potter because her phenomenon generated renewed interest in the world of magic. Say, come to think of it, bespectacled magician with mesmeric powers. Hmmm.. if you want to know what Harry Potter will look like in 40 years time, Keable has the answer to that too!

Simon Wilkinson