The Purple Rabbit (Strut & Fret/Adelaide Fringe Festival)

The Purple Rabbit (Strut & Fret/Adelaide Fringe Festival)

The night time is summery, the property is spherical and at this world premiere, the rabbit is purple. As an American accented voice announces the evening’s principles of engagement, we nervously check out our very own magic trick in the kind of becoming invisible – there are murmurs of viewer participation. Our be concerned is unnecessary. Viewers involvement – and there is loads of it – will be entirely voluntary.

The Purple Rabbit. Photo © Jacinta Oaten

The disparate quintet who host this cornucopia of prestidigitation share a enjoy of magic, and their unique kinds of wizardry examine what it implies for each individual to be a magician. For the most part, the phase connections to every other conclusion there and the particular person performances are held jointly by a thread that could be as tenuous as, say, the mention of a purple rabbit. Naming legal rights, bunny ears and a glimpse of a purple vibrator are about the extent of the leporid affect, but it is of small consequence. The troupe, generally executing a person at a time with stylised stage assist from the many others, are limited, self-assured and higher than all, very entertaining.

There are many highlights from the shocking variety of abilities on screen each individual performer presenting their superpower of sorcery in a distinct design and at an even rate. The mononymous mouth magician Kerol bewilders in the course of with his prodigious beatbox skills. A a person man or woman quartet, the cork popping, record breaking mic master is literally and figuratively smoking. Emma Phillips sleight of toes is wholly mesmerising and her craft, created for stage, is an appreciated foil to the shenanigans.

Sexual Psychic-cologist Harper Jones lights up the stage as she conjures revelations of a extremely own character from willing participants. These exchanges and some others during the performance are very well managed the danger of any interactions totally derailing the present at any point appears superior.

The Purple Rabbit

The Purple Rabbit. Image © Jacinta Oaten

The Unnamed Magician has a little something unconventional in his pants and he delivers his progressive dick-pic-trick to lots of giggles. Apart from currently being our new best good friend at a social gathering, Dom Chambers deceptions are novel, clever and humorously, suggestively unlawful. His elaboration of the card-in-a-wallet ruse is a marvelous.

Many specifics are shed to distance, but the gist of the methods are not. The accompanying audio is wide in assortment, from Vivaldi to Disney. Smoke and props are in abundant supply and there is a reliable, very good power in the course of. The group recreation demonstrate is scheduled at the fantastic time for maintaining us engaged.

The rabbit will come out of the hat to end – the audience are split into 5 teams, led by the five magicians, all undertaking the exact trick. The finale is loud, chaotic and amazing. Promising mischief, magic and mayhem, The Purple Rabbit delivers this and extra. A Fringe drawcard, this show is a quirky enterprise with enjoyable illusions, raunchy overtones and some deceptions which endure previous the shut.


The Purple Rabbit plays at the Yard of Unearthly Delights until 20 March.