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Charlie Caper & Malin Nilsson: Minor Miracles @ Stirling Fringe

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Your jaw will drop
Two Swedish magicians with infectious smiles, eye-captivating attire, and personalities that just seem to spread the joy and happiness around - that's what I thought when I first met Charlie Caper and Malin Nilsson last week. Not discounting their beautiful, soulful accents, I was intrigued to check out their show, not only because I am normally a sceptic of magic shows, but because this duo won Adelaide Fringe 2016's award for Best Magic Show. Having never really experienced and visited the Adelaide Fringe in the last 7 years that I've been here, I decided to take on the opportunity of basking in as much of Fringe 2017 as I possibly could.

As part of an Adelaide Fringe-arranged media meet up with the various artists who are performing at the festival, I had the opportunity to have a chat with Charlie and Malin, who agreed to an interview:

Who are the faces behind your show?
Malin Nilsson and Charlie Caper, two magicians from Sweden.

We have known each other for more than 15 years, and have worked together on different projects before, but Minor Miracles is our first show as a duo which we have created together and also starred in together. The starting point was our characters. Even though they are way different by look, mine (Malin) is more inspired by Tom Waits and Tim Burton, and Charlie performs magic like Fred Astaire dances... they can exist in the same world, if the world is surreal enough. And it is.

Tell us how you came up with the concept for your show?
We wanted to create a magic-packed, theatrical, one-of-a-kind wow-experience especially for festivals. The kind of show we normally put on in theatres, where we have two days of preparation. A big bite to chew but we are here now, for the second year around!

Promotional poster (Courtesy: Artist-supplied)

Is this your first time at the Adelaide Fringe? What do you think about it so far?
Last year was the first time we played Minor Miracles here, and it was such a wonderful experience that we just had to come back. It was also my first visit. Charlie, however, has been to the Fringe many times before, performing in various shows since 10 years back.

What is your target audience?
Everybody who loves great magic!

How did you get involved with the Adelaide Fringe?
We played at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 aka the mothership of all Fringes. While there, a producer saw us and invited us to Adelaide. And how could we say no to that? It's Adelaide! Besides, it's winter in Sweden at the moment - 20 hours of darkness a day, and temperatures at -10 degrees Celsius, along with snowstorms.

Where else have you taken your show?
The show premiered in Edinburgh 2015, and since then we have played at festivals and in theatres in Sweden.

As a first-time attendee, what should your audience expect from the show?
Can I say 'the unexpected' without sounding corny?! Probably not. But it's a magic show, and it's impossible to describe live magic, it's like trying to explain how new food tastes - you really just have to taste it yourself. However, one thing we can guarantee - you will leave the show happier than when you arrived!

Where did you gain the inspiration to come up with creating the content of your show // performing in front of an audience?
This show is our baby. It's a lot of hard work, but we love it. Ironically we need two hours of preparation for a one hour show. When you see it, you'll understand. It's very ambitious, there are so many details. We create all the magic ourselves. We wanted to create a show that didn't look like any other magic show, so we took the stuff that was personal to us as a starting point and took off from there. The show is structured more like a concert. You know, short stories, that together make the show. We always wanted to live in a different world, a kinder world, so we created it on stage. It's funny too. And very magical!

Promo photo (Courtesy: Pinterest)

Why should people come and watch your show?
Why not? We're more interesting than Facebook, funnier than Twitter, more charming than Tinder and you will not get decision fatigue from deciding what to watch on Netflix. We really care about our audience and we put our hearts on a plate for you.

You can catch Malin and Charlie's show as part of Adelaide Fringe this weekend at Stirling Fringe - book your tickets here, in addition to their shows at Gluttony here and be sure to connect with the duo through their Facebook page.
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Why? Fan of magic? This is a show you don't want to miss
When: This weekend!
Where: Stirling Fringe
Cost: $20 - $70
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