Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh
August, 1994

"I learned this trick from an ordinary bourgeois magician," explains Ian Saville, socialist conjuror, before meaningfully turning a blue handkerchief into a red one. Saville is not an especially gifted magician, but excels as a patter merchant, combining disarming personal diffidence with articulate left-wing beliefs. "Ten years ago, people said a magic act was the last place they'd expect to hear socialist theory," he recounts. "And now they're right it is the last place you can hear it." Ideologically sound and magnificently bonkers.

Written for The Independent.

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