Magic filled the air as a full house celebrated New Year's Eve with the best magicians in the world, at the opening night of 'The Illusionists' at the Festival Theatre.
This is not your average magic show, so get ready for some really mind blowing illusions and tricks. It's fast paced with each Illusionist top of their field with their signature act. The Trickster (Jeff Hobson) steals the show like a slick bank robber, the Escapologist (Andrew Basso) cheats death underwater with seconds to spare, the Gentleman (Mark Kalin) makes objects literally disappear in front of your eyes, The Inventor (Kevin James) whether he's holding a rose or swinging a chainsaw, anything is possible, The Grand Illusionist (Brett Daniels) performs levitations and large scale illusions, the Anti -Conjuror (Dan Sperry) combines art of magic with the bizarre and macabre, and the stunning Enchantress (Jinger Leigh) adds elegance and theatrics to the show along with the talented cast of dancers.
This show is suitable for adults as well as children, and the audience become participants while they assist the Illusionists. They watch in disbelief as people are sliced in two, levitated and tricked. A beautiful moment is between Kevin James and a young girl as she watches on while a flower dances in the air and then he magically turns it into a rose.
The Escapologist pays homage to the late Harry Houdini escaping underwater while the audience are holding onto their seats terrified as the clock ticks over three minutes. The Grand Illusionist makes a motorbike disappear, then moments later reappears riding it through the audience. The Anti-Conjuror chews up razor blades like as if they were mints. The Trickster with his camp personality and quick wit shocks participants with a surprise at the end of the show. The Inventor closes the show and judging from the audience reaction, a tearful moment as he creates snow from a paper napkin. I must also credit the talented band that drive the show and also entertain the audience during the interval.
This brilliant production brings magic into the 21st century. Don't expect rabbits and top hats but a show that will have you constantly asking, how did they do that? Do not miss this before it disappears! It closes on the 12th of January 2013 . Info a www.bass.net.au.