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6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation

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If there’s one thing that brings me joy, it’s hard-boiled detective fiction. If there’s one thing that brings me abject terror, it’s audience participation.

6 Quick Dick Tricks has both in spades.

This is the third outing for paranormal detective, psychic investigator and perennial dick, Dirk Darrow (Tim Motley), where he attempts to solve a murder on a cruise ship using a combination of magic and mentalism.

To be clear: this is much more of a magic show than a mystery. The story is threaded in between the tricks but doesn’t quite connect them and is a little hard to follow. But that’s fine.

If you want a hard-boiled magic show that focuses on story, Motley’s other Fringe show 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick does just that. 6 Quick Dick Tricks is, somewhat obviously, about the tricks. And they’re good ones.

Darrow starts the show by working the crowd in his genre-appropriate accent and trench coat. He does a great job of it, despite a few jokes that didn’t land. There’s also a couple of tricks that didn’t quite get the reaction they probably deserved.

In fact, the pacing was a little confusing at times, between the sporadic plot injections and the show’s slightly anti-climactic climax (although the latter is mostly down to one over-enthusiastic audience member spoiling the big reveal).

But it really felt like the audience was with Darrow throughout the show. Even me, magic-show sceptic and enemy of audience participation, briefly got up to take part in a trick. And I enjoyed it.

That is my ultimate takeaway from this show: I enjoyed it. It was entertaining. It did exactly what it set out to do and it made me want to see Motley’s other Dirk Darrow shows.

And if you’re a fan of hard-boiled detective fiction or magic or, for some reason, audience participation, then maybe you should too.

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Sam-Needs

Review by Sam Needs on 26 Jan 2019

Sam is a Welsh writer and editor currently based in Perth. He has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and currently works with online magazine, Isolated Nation. He spends his free time doing nerdy things and quietly trying to guess how films are going to end.