Magic is still alive in the 21st century, but in this particular show, Illusionists 1903, you're transported back to the 'golden age of magic' at the turn of the 20th century to witness and learn about some timeless tricks. The Illusionists 1903 offers a dazzling array of acts from an variety of different performers, each with their own style. Acts include illusions, escapism, juggling, and recognisable tricks, with some interesting twists.
While those who are familiar with the standard magical repertoire may already know the mechanics of some of the tricks performed, the show was nonetheless interesting to watch. The children in the audience were particularly delighted by the vast array of acts on offer. That being said, there is one trick involving a hand and a knife which was a questionable addition to a show that is likely to attract a lot of children.
The second act was definitely the highlight of the show, which opened with all the illusionists in a sitting parlour accompanied by a number of audience members. Each illusionist took turns to perform tricks to their chosen audience member. Rick Thomas as The Immortal was particularly amusing as he proceeded to break an audience members watch and then try and blame it on someone else, only to reveal the watch intact later on after some playful banter.
The show was missing a proper master of ceremonies, something which the last two shows had. This time around, each magician introduced the next to provide some context to the act being performed. However, the overall narrative could have flowed a little better.
Stand out characters included Charlie Frye as the Eccentric, who was very funny to watch, along with Rick Thomas who performed some of the more grander illusions.
Although not as impressive as last years Illusionists 2.0, there is still magic to be found in the performance and it is well worth seeing, particularly if you have children.
For tickets visit the QPAC website. Prices start from $49 for children, family tickets are available for $199
Illusionists 1903 is playing until 11th January, 2015.