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The Illusionists 1903 - Review

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by John Andrew (subscribe)
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First a word to the wise. If you like the idea of going on stage and watching a magic show, get tickets for the first dozen or so rows of seats.

You may then be able to watch card tricks in close-up, or choose a card at random and challenge the magician to produce it, which is relatively safe and fun. But you might just be challenged to lie down on a bed of nails, or be told to stay still while sharp knives whistle close to your fear-frozen flesh.


Don't expect new tricks just (by and large) to see superbly skilful practitioners of their arts challenging you to work out how they just did the impossible, again.

Just once on our QPAC opening night did a malfunctioning "hidden" door reveal itself, and some of us were positioned at just the right angle to see how the lady disappeared. But not, may I add, to see how later in the show she re-appeared, apparently out of thin air.

Mind-reading with a blind-folded lady on stage working out what you have in your hand-bag or what brand of car you drive; card tricks combined with disappearing and reappearing coins; gravity -defying juggling; and a straight jacket escapologist who has seconds to get free before his petrol soaked trousers catch on fire, and all while he is hanging upside-down. All of this and more is on the bill of fare.


It's fun, bewildering, engaging, entertaining and very well presented. Last year they had a compere with a wicked wit. He wasn't here this year each act led into the next, with a turn of the last century theme.

But, judging by the well-merited standing ovation, no-body felt short-changed.

This is family friendly entertainment, presented by world class entertainers.

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Why? Brio, prestidigitation, showmanship
When: 4 - 11 January
Where: QPAC Concert Hall
Cost: $79 - $110
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