The Ladies Guide to Deceit and Debauchery
by Carisa Hendrix
Ballyhoo Entertainment - Calgary, AB
 www.carisahendrix.com
V.5 - Son of Warehouse 
Carisa Hendrix and Jamie Tognazzini star as Lucy and Lilly, two hilariously surreal socialites, in this magical musical about indulgence, intrigue and impropriety. This daring new work is a playful mix of strikingly visual magic, circus stunts, wonderful original songs and timeless tips for the modern lady.
Hendrix is an award-winning entertainer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records 2014, Ripley's Believe it or Not 2015 and best known as the star of Super Channel's documentary Girl on Fire.

Cast:
Carisa Hendrix & Jamie Tognazzini

    
Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12

Audience:
Parental Guidance
Warnings:Mild language
Thu July 20 7:00 PM
Sat July 22 12:00 PM
Sun July 23 10:15 PM
Mon July 24 3:30 PM
Wed July 26 3:30 PM
Thu July 27 8:30 PM
Sat July 29 1:45 PM
Sun July 30 7:00 PM

The Ladies Guide to Deceit and Debauchery

Ballyhoo Entertainment—Son of Warehouse

I found out today that this year’s Fringe features seven magic shows! Seven! This is my fourth and I’ve seen some of the illusions overlapping—but not here. The gags in this show are unique (caveat: there are still three other magic shows I didn’t see).

The Fringe programme purports to feature two illusionists, Lucy and Lilly—unless I’m missing something, this is a solo act. Regardless, Hendrix puts on an entertaining background behind the illusions. The programme also calls this a “magical musical.” A couple of songs emerge from the demonstration but by no means would I call this a musical. In fact, Hendrix’s singing abilities—well, it’s not quite an ability, let’s say [it somehow feels very wrong to pan musical ability and have the name “Hendrix” in the same sentence].

Based on the title, I hoped for more scandalous or risqué parts but after all, it’s a magic show and I can see her wanting to keep it kid-friendly.  Still, it’s a solid effort, aside from the singing.

Ray Yuen