Reviews - Fringe 2009

An Evening with Nicholas Wallace (Practitioner of the Art of Astonishment)

By Judith Sandiford
Published July 19, 2009

See this show. Yes, I was astonished! Illusionist Nick Wallace has a charming and gentle stage presence. He lures you into being part of the show without making you feeling silly, and he gives some fascinating history of illusionists and spiritualists.

There is surprise after surprise, even with some of the standard routines you may already have seen (the needle-swallowing one, for example, here beautifully done).

We still can't figure out how he knew the card that my companion Ron picked from a deck and then sat on until the end of the show. And the climax (when all is revealed) is great - I won't spoil it.

We're going back.

Judith Sandiford is a theatre designer, a visual artist, and Managing Director of Artword Theatre. With partner playwright and director Ronald Weihs, she created and operated a performance facility in Toronto, where, for over 12 years, they created, fostered and presented many original works of theatre and dance. In 2008, Artword relocated to Hamilton where it has just completed its season of four original works with a Hamilton theme. Artword is currently working on its plans for its 2009-2010 season here.

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