Theatre Review: Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist – Broken Reverie, Or Momentum Unmanaged


Bruce Dennill

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Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist. Photo by Mariola Biela
Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist. Photo by Mariola Biela

Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist / Studio, Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg                          4

Celebrating a quarter-century of performing his stage show, Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist is still – a testament to his consistent appeal – reaching new audiences. That means the possibilities of having an individual performance in which his tried and tested formula (relying on enthusiastic volunteers to be the stars of the show) doesn’t quite pay off remain real.

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The show, by its nature, is intimate and interactive, with the slightly stooped figure of its central figure serving mostly as a facilitator, rather than an obvious manipulator or magician. Andre explains the rules for participation – be over 16, don’t be inebriated, and be willing to engage, more or less – before inviting a potential crop of co-stars on stage, where he explains a couple of techniques he will use to determine whether or not…

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