Kevin McMahon was a physicist until ten years ago when he went on the last programme of the 'Faking It' TV series and, after four weeks training, successfully convinced Paul Daniels that he was a professional magician. That convinced him to change careers.
I don't know what he was like as a physicist, but he's a very good magician. I know enough to be looking in the right places at the right times, and sitting in the middle of the front row, I only spotted the trickery some of the time.
As ever, the tricks vary in impact – this was a preview and apparently one that won't be in later shows has recently been spoiled on CBBC, so didn't impress some of the children in the audience as much as it would have done last year. But the card forces lead to a lovely effect at the end.
I enjoyed every minute, as did the almost sell-out audience apparently achieved without 'papering' the room with free tickets. Definitely recommended and I suspect you'll have to book in advance to see this once word gets out.