Kevin Quantum: Vanishing Point

Kevin Quantum is the leading magician-scientist hybrid. He’s probably the only one, in fact. Born from a Channel 4 documentary, Faking It, in which people from one profession try to fool people into believing they work in another profession, Quantum is a bloody good magician and has been part of out Fringe schedule for a good few years.

Vanishing Point is the latest show. A blend of magic, mystery and the possibility of death. Although the death bit might be slightly over-exaggerated but then “chance of really bad bruising” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Vanishing Point starts – and finishes – with a lovely harmonic wave on a sexy pendulum. In between that, though, are a number of tricks themed around perception.

As a side note, this year is one of the first years I’ve actually known how some of the tricks are done – once because I’m super clever (haha) and once because I couldn’t see the sleight of hand I should have been locking at because of heads and so I saw the sleight of hand I shouldn’t have been looking at instead. I would just point out, though, that none of the subtracted from my enjoyment in the slightest. If anything, it made me enjoy it more because I’d had a peek behind the curtain and I am nothing if not curious when it comes to all this malarkey.

There was a little stuttering point during the trick which calls for Kevin to bring up a song that a member of the audience is thinking of. It’s done via the audience member’s phone, and YouTube, and as anyone who has tried to enjoy a decent 4G signal in Edinburgh in August knows it’s not the easiest thing to do. It’s like knitting fog. So what should have been a song playing into the microphone was, instead, a buffering wheel spinning shown on the camera.

Still, again, it doesn’t detract from the show in the slightest. It just slowed it down a little bit.

And then the finale… the harmonic wave on the sexy pendulum again. Donning a hood, Kevin will attempt to walk through the wave at a very specific point, when the pendulum swings in a very specific way. It’s all about timing, rather than magic, because the pendulum will always act in the same way but it’s still bloody impressive. And you can’t help thinking that when he says it’s gone wrong in the past and he’s been it by the pendulums you can believe it. It’s only a deviation of a second either way and you’re smacked in some part of your anatomy by a swinging weight.

I’m looking forward to next year’s show already.