ADELAIDE FRINGE REVIEW: THE EXPERT AT THE CARD TABLEHOW TO CHEAT AT CARDS, LA BOHEME, 2018

What you see is what you get – as the title suggests, this show will teach you how to cheat at cards. It’s not only that though, as you will get to experience Jden Redden’s amazing array of card tricks.

The show gets its title from a book published in 1902 by the mysterious S. W. Erdnase, with Redden explaining some of the history behind it while demonstrating different card tricks.

The set up at La Boheme looked almost like a secret gambling den, with a blackjack table and low lighting setting the mood. Chairs were placed right up at the table, allowing for plenty of audience participation.

Initially, Redden showed us how he performed simple shuffling and dealing tricks. He then moved onto the more complex tricks, and while he says they are based on the fundamentals of what he explained to us, we all sat there amazed. I certainly believe him when he says he had a misspent youth.

Redden as a host was clear to understand and easy-going, making him a perfect teacher. The intimacy of the show made it feel like we were a select group of lucky people learning some excellent new tricks we could show off in the future. Even if cards are not your favourite thing, I would recommend this show just to see Jden Redden in action. The guy has tremendous skill and is entertaining in equal measure.

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4 Stars

By Tania Nicholas

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