Piff The Magic Dragon

(4.5/5)

Magic shows used to have a very distinct aesthetic. A suited and booted gentleman, accompanied by a glamourous leggy assistant, twirling and swooping through illusions to epic music.

Now, probably the biggest magic show on the Fringe involves a grumpy Englishman in a spangled dragon onesie, accompanied by an adorable chihuahua.

The concept might sound like a show for kids, but Piff the Magic Dragon delights his audiences with a deadpan delivery more akin to an insult comic than a children's entertainer; haranguing them, cheating them out of money and carping over the failings of any called upon to volunteer for a trick.

After television appearances on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and America's Got Talent, plus a Las Vegas residency, he returns to the Fringe in style this year in Piff the Magic Dragon and the Dog Who Knows, complete with a glittering Vegas showgirl in tow as proof he has truly hit the big time.

Piff is assisted in a myriad of tricks by the eponymous Mr Piffles, the world's only magic performing chihuahua, a captivatingly cute and placid little creature who immediately has the whole audience under his spell as he provides a tiny straight man to his draconic owner.

After being treated to a little history of his Scottish origins, we see Mr Piffles appear from nowhere, solve Rubik's cubes and even lay an egg, all while staying enchantingly relaxed for a small dog in front of hundreds of people.

Piff The Magic Dragon