Charlie Caper & Malin Nilsson: Minor Miracles

Sleight-of-hand is the name of the game, and while some of these tricks may seem familiar – rabbits in hats, magic rings, and the oldest magic trick in the world, cup and balls – you’ve never seen them quite like this. Full of surprises, many laughs, and oozing vagabond wonderment, Charlier Caper and Malin Nilsson bring the best of old-school magic to the Fringe. The pair look like they’ve stepped out of a 1930s American box-car carnival, but exude quirky Swedish charm.

Charlie Caper, the first magician to win Sweden’s Got Talent, is a gentleman tramp, master of the disappearing bowtie, and excellent at charming us into distraction. Malin Nilsson is delightful: she keeps her wand in her lace-up boots, and can do things with tea-strainers that I’ve never seen before. The pair keep things simple, but it’s the intimacy of the performance that keeps you hooked.

La Petite Grande is the perfect venue for this show, and its string of vintage lamps, shimmering walls, old mirrors and red curtains maintain Caper and Nilsson’s atmosphere of vaudevillian carnival. Most tricks revolve around old-timey instruments such as pocket watches and handkerchiefs, and our one interlude into the technology of the present creates a steampunk vibe that is funny, warm and charming. If you’re looking for a charming, old-school magic show full of wonder and laughs, this is it. Minor Miracles is absolutely delightful, sure to enchant the young, old and everyone in between.

★★★★