Cooking up a magical feast at Bristo Square this Edinburgh Fringe is Tom Brace with Tom Brace: Embrace The Impossible, an entertaining show that is aimed at kids, but has something for the adults in the audience too.
We find ourselves embracing the nostalgia of the 1990’s as Brace tells his audience what he loves so much about this particular decade, and the surroundings of his childhood bedroom give us some clues about what we can expect in this show.
Brace has a very natural rapport with the audience, especially the younger children who are mesmerised from the outset. His self-depreciating manner is very charming, and the adults will find themselves warming to his style, while appreciating some of the jokes that fly right over the kids heads.
There’s a nice variety of tricks deployed, and although there’s nothing you won’t see at other magic shows this Fringe, they are all well executed. “Wow!” declared one young audience member very loudly in the opening trick, at which point Brace knew he had his young audience in the palm of his hand.
If you’re worried about taking younger children who might not sit still and quiet, then this is a good choice of show to take them to. Brace is obviously adept at coping with even the noisiest of kids, and adapts the show to take account of any disruption that comes his way.
Embrace The Impossible also includes a bit of audience participation, but everyone is made to feel comfortable, especially the children who are delighted to find themselves on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe, and an integral part of Tom Brace’s magic.
This is fun-filled family entertainment, with some neat magic tricks that are framed around a nice bit of storytelling, to quote another young audience member “It’s magic!”