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Oliver Meech: Live Brain Surgery - Free
Published on Monday, 25 July 2011


Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters (venue website)
4-15, 17-28 Aug, 6:30pm-7:30pm

 Recommended for age 18+ only. Venue may not permit under-18's - check with venue before booking.


A great deal of what we know today about the workings of the human mind is thanks to the unfortunate Phineas Gage, a nineteenth-century railway worker who had an iron rod accidently driven through his skull.  Fortunately for you, Oliver Meech won’t do anything quite as drastic in this unusual blend of stage magic and brain science.

We caught the first operation in Meech’s Brighton run earlier this year.  Aside from a few teething difficulties and opening-night nerves, we liked what we saw: a clever mix of interesting insight from an Oxford-educated neuropsychologist, and neat (if occasionally familiar) magic routines.

The two halves don’t always sit terribly comfortably together, but they are each entertaining in their own right.  Unusually for brain surgery, there will be a lot of audience participation, so be prepared to get on stage and get your hands dirty.  Oliver Meech’s act is well worth scrubbing in for – but you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure that out.

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