So we bloggers are divided and heated discussions are taking place. Some feel it was okay to show they weren't happy with the compare, some aren't happy about it, and others can see both sides. Personally I think there was no reason to come back after an interval and subject us to 20 mins of not great gags when we are there to see magic, he had no need to fill and was already aware his material wasn't doing well with the audience. I aslo feel as professional entertainers we shouldn't have effectively booed him off. As far as I could tell I think Tony Stevens finished the voice overs, which makes me ask why oh why when they have the great talent of Tony on tap do they used the compare they did.
The whole show had the feel of a sinking ship, there were two great acts and a couple good acts, some others seemed to be treading water on this Titanic of shows. I don't have the names to hand but the cup and balls guy was amazing and original, the cubic act was super and very different. High Jinks were good and performed a straight jacket escape very similar to mine (so obviously I thought that was good).
On the whole I'm quite disappointed. But Sankey's lecture had made my day.