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This Side of the Impossible

Written and Directed by Sebastian Boswell III
Part of the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival

Off Off Broadway, Magic
Runs through 8.24.15
VENUE #8: Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place


by Jim Keegan on 8.21.15

This Side of the ImpossibleSebastian Boswell III. Photo by Kingmond Young.


BOTTOM LINE: Sebastian Boswell III delights the audience in this highly entertaining presentation of feats of mentalism and physical impossibilities.

Prepare for an evening of disciplined expertise showcasing the power of the human mind. With decades of demonstration experience behind him, Boswell takes the audience on a delightfully skilled romp that transcends time. One is completely submerged and enthralled by this enthusiastic performer, who does not accept the label “magician,” and even scoffs at Houdini. Boswell claims that Edmond Chastbury’s ​Transference​—The Radioactivity of the Human Mind​ is the source of his inspiration. Sarcasm and wit prevail during the hour of interactive mesmerization manifested through a series of five engagements. The first feat is one of astounding memorization, well-played off of four audience members. In the second, a single member selects and Boswell does not let down. The third trick invokes the memory of Hadji the regurgitator, and pays homage to Salvador Dali and the Andalusian dog. The fourth seals in envelopes written secrets for Boswell to unveil. And the final trick is a shocking surprise indeed.

Boswell is flamboyant and emotional, with an absolutely contagious sense of fun. This Side of the Impossible is a delightful throwback to vaudeville, and Boswell is a flawless showman, with just a touch of snake-oil salesman. The show was already awarded Best of Fringe at the 2014 San Francisco Fringe, and I highly recommend it as one of the best hours you can spend at this year’s FringeNYC.

(This Side of the Impossible plays at VENUE #8: Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place, through August 24, 2015. Performances are Sat 8/15 at 7; Tue 8/18 at 3:30; Thu 8/20 at 5:15; Sat 8/22 at 3:30; and Mon 8/24 at 7. There is no late seating at FringeNYC. Tickets are $18 and are available at For more information visit