Barkers comedy was a bit of a slow starter for me, mostly as the segues between sections were a bit weak, however, his middle set in which he actually let the comedy flow was genuinely funny. With a certain Canadian charm he linked together his rating (5/10) from earlier in the evening, his relationship dramas and his feelings on kids together. This charm was only added to when he taught us how to do a magic trick.
His last few tricks were quite impressive, and included a variation on the one he used to fool Penn and Teller. Barker’s style is not flamboyant magician - don’t go expecting that. Do expect to get involved - his magic involves a lot of crowd interaction, but he keeps you safe(ish). The crowd last night was responsive and engaged and this only added to the evening. I may have been disappointed by the missing ‘physical feats’ but I would still like to know what happened to that balloon.
Wes Barker: Stunt Magician is on at the Hannah Playhouse until Saturday 14 May. More details and tickets here: http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/wes-barker/?LocaleID=2