Magic review: The Colour Ham

The Colour Ham.''Comprising Colin McLeod, Gavin Oattes and Kevin McMahon. Pic: Comp
The Colour Ham.''Comprising Colin McLeod, Gavin Oattes and Kevin McMahon. Pic: Comp
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IT’S rare that you see anything genuinely unusual in the Fringe. But having said that, The Colour Ham has been dazzling Fringe audiences with their fresh and imaginative productions for the past three years.

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JUST THE TONIC, COWGATE

Magic, mind reading and some full-on buffoonery make an action-packed hour pass surprisingly quickly.

Colin McLeod, Kevin McMahon and Gavin Oattes are very self-effacing. The Colour Ham boast an eclectic CV between them, including appearances on Britain’s Got Talent (Colin), Faking It (Kevin), training with Penn and Teller (also Kevin) and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Gavin).

Their trickery is astonishing. From the opening card trick to the closing disappearance – I won’t spoil the surprise – this is magic and mystery at a hundred miles an hour.

The surprise appearance from a Gaelic TV star is a comic highlight but this audience were laughing with delight throughout the performance.

There’s a lot of swearing and a healthy dollop of sexual innuendo in the show so it won’t suit everyone. And it might stray into slapstick if it wasn’t so smart. But as it is, it’s a bucket of laughs and a human-sized box full of ‘how did they do that?’ that will brighten the rainiest day.

Until 25 August