REVIEW: PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON (Assembly George Square Theatre) ★★★★
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
in a land called Honnah Lee.
His younger brother, Piff, however leads a slightly different lifestyle. A man sized dragon, on stage, performing magic tricks with his handy assistant Mr Piffles, the magic performing Chihuahua!
I first saw Piff The Magic Dragon at London’s Soho Theatre, in a small studio space. Since then he travelled to America and became a finalist on the TV series America’s Got Talent. Off the back of that success he has been performing sell tours across America and Las Vegas residences. He may be more famous now that the song we all know and love by Peter, Paul and Mary.
Returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, Piff brings his latest incarnation of the show to UK audiences with a glitzy Las Vegas show including Vegas show girl assistants. It’s great entertainment and Piff’s dry sense of humour, cheeky banter with the ladies and adorable dancing is endearing and the whole audience were under his magic spell, transfixed.
Mostly based around card tricks, Piff makes cards appear out of tins of dog food, with the help of Mr Piffles. Mr Piffles helps out on most of the tricks. Catching a bullet between his teeth and even being fired out of a cannon*
Although some of the tricks seem to have been dragged out in order to fill this one hour show, it is fun to watch and anyone who see’s Piff The Magic Dragon is sure to be a fan for life.
Check out Piff The Magic Dragon at the Assembly George Square Theatre until 13 August 2016.
Reviewed by West End Wilma
*No Chihuahuas were harmed in the making of this show