On 12 July 2019, I had firsthand experience of the dazzling Illusionaire Magic Show hosted by Sam Angelico and Rosanna Maccarrone at the Athenaeum Theatre. International award-winning "Champion of Comedy Magic" at FISM, Sam has received the highest accolade achievable by any magician globally. On the other hand, Rosanna is one of the very few female illusionists who has performed magic shows for celebrities and dignitaries globally for over 24 years.
Sam kicked off the show by explaining that in the old days the wealthy used to have salons to host private theatre shows including magic shows. He compared the room in the Athenaeum Theatre to a salon, a private theatre just for the benefit of the audience where the illusionists performed their enchantments to awe and inspire. The cosy setting was warm and inviting, creating the perfect ambience for a magical evening.
What followed was nothing short of bewitching! Flying tables, magic fires, tricks with knives, cards, eggs, chains, audacious broken glass tricks, a show of intuition were some of the many highlights. Sam and Rosanna are masters of their craft who with their prowess, comic flair and charisma ensured that there wasn't a single dull moment throughout the show.
Nontraditional and compelling in unparalleled enchantments and jaw-dropping comedy magic, Sam and Rosanna created a fascinating evening. Jokes, amusing anecdotes about their Sicilian heritage, humorous accounts of travels, hilarious demeanour, and inclusive entertainment were all essential elements of the show. Their showmanship had the audience in stitches with the occasional cry of fear or surprise. The room filled with applause as the audience lapped up every trick with fervour.
The show drew curtain with a spectacular trick by Rosanna after which the audience exploded into applause and laughter. At the end of the show, Sam and Rosanna stood outside the door shaking hands, gracefully accepting compliments and partaking in animated conversations.
The show's exquisite appeal was aptly summed up by the Herald Sun: A spellbinding show that is as funny as it is shocking and glamorous.
If you wish to experience spellbinding magic, grab your tickets before it is too late. Please go here to buy tickets. Shows will run throughout 2019. More information on Sam and Rosanna can be found by clicking here.
The tickets are priced as follows: adults: $52.25, concession: $47.25, children (17 years & under): $35.25, family (2A &2C): $165.00, group booking of 6 adults: $283.50.
The setting for this fabulous show is the Athenaeum Theatre (upstairs) located at 188 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD.
Illusionaire Magic Show will strike a chord with both young and old. The content and execution of the show are very suitable for a family audience. And who knows, you may even find yourself on the stage performing the role of an assistant to the talented illusionists.