Mentalist and TV Consultant
Joseph Atmore is Dunninger
by Alistair Smith
The Stage, June 15, 2006
show, part museum piece, Joseph Atmore, a US based mentalist of good
standing in his own right, recreates a forties radio magic show by
Joseph Dunninger - one of the highest paid showmen of the era.
Atmore’s performance is an authentic revival of the late performer’s stage show, during which he used to ‘read’ the audience’s thoughts. On stage with Atmore are fellow magicians Marc Paul and Ian Rowland, replicating the roles of the radio show’s announcer and director respectively, and a panel of judges who are used to validate Dunninger’s mind tricks.
It’s an entertaining concept, complete with forties radio mics and adverts from sponsors Kem-Tone Paint. Atmore himself is excellent, mimicking Dunninger’s voice to good effect and, most importantly, performing a fascinating array of ‘mind reading’ tricks involving both judges and audience members.
It might be one more for the magic history buff than the general public but despite that is still entertaining - it certainly made me intrigued to see Atmore’s own mentalism show. Richard Leigh’s series of Late Night Magic shows at Jermyn Street has turned up some gems and this is certainly one of them, although it might be a little specialist for some tastes.