Gifted magicians Penn & Teller have been sawing the rulebook in half for generations and Magic Goes Wrong combines some of their bamboozling illusions and dark comedy skits and just when the magic seems to go horribly wrong, it somehow turns out right in the end.
Oh! and there's also a short cameo film appearance by top British illusionist Derren Brown who has donated his fee for this production to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.
It's certainly a rather complicated show but full marks to its director Adam Meggido and to its writers, costume designer, lighting engineer together with Will Bowen for his sparkling set design.
My Verdict: Parts of Magic Goes Wrong reminded me a little of the late great Tommy Cooper although you could also liken it to Marmite or the Curate's Egg – you either loved or hated the silliness or perhaps you just like parts of it, the choice is yours! Or in the words of Paul Daniels, "You gonna like it, but not a lot!" I simply had to watch much as I did decades ago when viewing Monty Python's Flying Circus – I had to be in a silly frame of mind to actually enjoy it and that certainly applied to tonight's performance!
Magic Goes Wrong plays Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 23 October with tickets from the Box Office on 0844 871 7652 or online at www.atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes (booking fees apply).