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WHAT’S ON MARCH: 16 year old student to perform his mind reading & hypnosis show in Glasgow

Sixteen-year-old Brandon Barrett from Dumfries, acts upon his dream and brings his Mind Reading & Hypnosis Show to Glasgow.

After performing at many events around Scotland, including a successful run of shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Barrett announced he will be performing his hour long show at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall this March.

BRAIN ACCESS is a magic show like no other. He hopes to open your mind and take your thoughts, he might even replace them. In life we all think we make our own decisions, even when we have “a free choice” this show demonstrates you don’t.

The show has been designed around the idea of influence, and how we don’t make choices – our brains are being accessed by others. This show, where magic collides with mindreading feats, creates something that will make you wonder if it’s all just a trick or is Barrett really reading your mind and controlling your thoughts. Brand new for 2019 is a hypnosis demonstration which promises that you won’t be clucking like a chicken.

Speaking about his recent announcement Brandon said: “I am still finding this hard to believe, it feels like only yesterday, I got my first magic trick for Christmas, but I’m really looking forward to performing on the prestigious stage at the Panopticon, knowing that the likes of Stan Laurel, came before me”.

Last year Brandon Barrett became “Scotland’s Young Magician of the Year” after developing his skills by performing at many popular festivals and venues around Scotland.

Tickets are now available at the http://glasgowcomedyfestival.com/ or at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 117 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD

REVIEW: Aaron Calvert: Awaken – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh

The lure of the stage rather than the stethoscope has led trained doctor Aaron Calvert to Edinburgh for his second stint at the Fringe. Inspired as a child by feats of human strength and the US Intelligence services’ selection process, Calvert presents a combination of psychology, hypnosis and ‘telepathy’ in Awaken.

Calvert’s show isn’t exactly treading new ground. With king of mind-control Derren Brown touring the country and new star on the block, Edinburgh’s own ‘forensic mind-reader’ Colin Cloud (who is also appearing at the Fringe, and currently a finalist in this year’s America’s Got Talent), the public are used to a lot more pizzazz and showmanship than the clinical Calvert. Brown’s Svengali-like persona and Cloud’s Steam Punk persona and psychological mischief, lead the audience to believe that their shows are going to be magical, mysterious events. There are undoubtedly impressive psychological skills here, but Calvert’s act seems terribly out-dated, like an end of the pier variety show from another era. He’s a handsome, suited and booted young man, but there’s a coldness to his delivery that’s hard to like.

The set up for the hypnosis section of the hour-long show takes an interminably long time, especially for the non-participants and the pay-off, while faintly interesting, doesn’t reflect the time taken to get there. You can tell that a lot of time and thought has gone into the technical aspects of the show, but this needs a huge injection of personality to take it from the cabaret circuit to the big time.

Runs until 27 August 2017 | Image: Contributed

Originally written for The Reviews Hub