Published On: Thu, Aug 10th, 2017 at 2:17pm

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Review – Card Ninja****

Warning:this show contains ninjas, not magic. Back by popular demand, Card
Ninja is an award-winning, riotous display of comedy and card stunts
using playing cards as ninja weapons. Following his journey from mild
mannered card player to silent assassin, Card Ninja is a one-man
variety comedy show with upbeat humour for anyone who’s ever been a
little bit ninja. Card Ninja has been seen at the London Wonderground
Festival, Southbank Festival, London’s Bloomsbury Theatre and as part
of Pepsi Max’s Unbelievable series – racking up over a million
views online. Expect deadly and risky fun.

 

I’veseen some card tricks performed in my time but I have never seen
anybody deal with a deck as quickly or smoothly as Javier Jarquin.
Trust me, this is no 52 pick-up merchant, he will astound you with
his witty banter, life lessons, high roundhouse kicks and, most of
all, his digits’ dexterity. He can shuffle through his tricks as
quick as any dealer while proving you can apply the ninja rules and
training to anything in your life.

Thisis a children’s show but in the Fringe Programme it’s listed as
suitable for people ten and older AND twelve plus. I’d say he’s more
of a PG performer; there are very quick one-liners that are for a
more mature audience but, much like his cards, they’ll fly speedily
over younger audience members’ heads. This is a show for the whole
family and you will all have lots of fun. However, I must warn you
that it does involve the dreaded audience participation, with adults
in particular the target. As we all know, this will cause
embarrassment in any child but sometimes it is just the price you
sometime pay for a great show. Don’t think that sitting at the back
will get you out of it either, as Javier Jarquin’s hand stretches
far.

Theshow is a rollicking, hilarious experience with lively music and
makes good use of the performance space. Jarquin works up a sweat
under the house lights but only to ensure he delivers a top-notch
royal flush of fun. Remember though, this is NOT a magic show but it
is magic and shows what a man with too much time on his hands can
achieve with a deck of cards. In the words of those Edinburgh Comedy
Gods, the Frank Chickens – Javier Jarquin, anto mo ninja; you are
ninja.


About the Author

- An everyday middle-aged person who wants to make a better, brighter Scotland. I also want to see Hibernian and Brentford FCs play well.

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