The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible launched in January 2012 with a sell-out season at Sydney Opera House reaching an audience of 31,000 in nine days, followed by a Mexico City eight-day season with an audience of 42,000. The hand-picked cast of internationally renowned illusionists together create a blockbuster stage show featuring a stunning mix of their most outrageous and unbelievable optical illusions including nailbiting Russian roulette, jaw-dropping acts of levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and escapes. This show sees the magicians take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past – such as Houdini – and combine it with contemporary sets, costume design, technology and live band Z, best known as touring band for Hip Hop legend NaS, to create a spell-binding family-friendly blockbuster.
Creative Producer Simon Painter says the show is a world first, with each of the seven international illusionists the best in their niche and together creating a 21st century stage spectacular that will leave audiences spellbound. “From Dan Sperry’s shock illusions to comedy magician Jeff Hobson to Escapologist Andrew Basso who performs the Houdini inspired underwater escape live on stage, there is no other group of magicians who can deliver the mind-blowing entertainment that The Illusionists do at every show. “Kevin James, The Inventor, is the man who created most of the famous illusions and tricks that you’ll see performed anywhere in the world by top magicians, and we have him bringing his favourite illusions to life as part of the show.”
MEET THE ILLUSIONISTS
The Anti-Conjuror Specialty: Shock illusions Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield. The Anti-Conjuror combines the art of magic with the bizarre and macabre. You’ve been warned.
The Escapologist Specialty: death defying escapes The Escapologist’s thrilling escapes place him within seconds of life and death and have audiences frozen in suspense and disbelief.
The Inventor Specialty: Magic inventions and ground breaking illusions A creator, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. The Inventor will leave you awestruck.
The Mentalist Specialty: Master of the unexplained A professional entertainer, television presenter and mentalist. Mind-reading is not possible, is it?
The Trickster Specialty: Comedy magic The Trickster is the epitome of glamour and showmanship, but don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance.
The Gentleman Specialty: Classic magic reimagined One of the most influential magicians, The Gentleman performed the largest stage illusion of all time, making a Jumbo Jet disappear
The Enchantress Specialty: Skills of grace and gravity defiance With a unique blend of elegance and theatricality, The Enchantress seduces with the art of dance and illusion.
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2013 UK TOUR DATES:
27-Sep-13 Blackpool Opera House
28-Sep-13 Edinburgh Festival Theatre
02-Oct-13 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
04-Oct-13 Manchester Apollo
05-Oct-13 Manchester Apollo
08-Oct-13 Wolves Civic
11-Oct-13 London Hammersmith Apollo
12-Oct-13 London Hammersmith Apollo