One can be inclined to say that magic happens every night on Broadway. Each performance brings the audience into new worlds and is always different than the night before. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a live performance, that is until you add the heighten sensation of watching someone try to wiggle themselves out of a straightjacket suspended high above the stage or shoot an apple off a woman’s head, all to the beat of some funky music and pyrotechnics shooting from the stage. And if that’s your bag, then a night of captivating thrills and pulsating amusement are guaranteed when you step into the Marquis Theater for The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible.
Gone are men in penguin suits and top hats pulling rabbits out of a hat and drawing multi-hued scarves out of their pockets. The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible has all the slickness and pomp of a Las Vegas show, the sounds of hot, pumping dance party and the satisfaction that makes the ticket well worth the price. Most of the tricks performed have been around for decades; however The Illusionists give them a 21st century injection that gives them a fresh appeal.
The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible is an ensemble of seven magicians each a specialist in his field. Adam Trent, known as The Futurist, combines dance, comedy and pizzazz to create a routine that is eye-catching and innovative. If Liberace and Ethel Merman had a son, he would probably be Jeff Hobson, The Trickster. He is the epitome of showmanship. His tricks are only rivaled by his wit, which leaves the audience in stitches. Following the legacy of Harry Houdini, Andrew Basso, The Escapologist, death-defying stunts dare to look the grim reaper in the eye and smile. No one can resist the temptation of watching someone put their life on the line on a nightly basis. Dan Sperry creates a cocktail of Goth, wry humor and trickery that is sure to creep you out your seat as The Anti-Conjuror. You will squirm and be mesmerized at the same time. Who doesn’t like a good man sawed in half trick? The Inventor, Kevin James, revamps this old school classic with new school charm. Silent but spectacular Aaron Crow, The Warrior, kicks magical ass. Yu Ho-Jin is called The Manipulator and his moniker couldn’t be more appropriate. If we were in a different century he might be going up before a council for witchcraft that is how convincing he is. His style and approach to performing gives the impression of almost being supernatural, it’s like his tricks are an extension of himself. It is beguiling and beautiful.
The Illusionists hail from U.S., Italy, Belgium and South Korea and have been featured on The Disney Channel and NBC’s America’s Got Talent and are the future of magic. It’s a fun show that is great for a family night, an evening with friends or a date. Witness The Illusionists while they are still on Broadway, I’m sure they will conjure a smile on your face as they did mine.
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