New in 2018 An event billed as "the world's best-selling touring magic show" returns to Broadway for a second limited holiday engagement
From the producers: This year's family-friendly show promises even more illusions, close-up magic, mentalism, daring escapes, and technological spectacle performed by master entertainers who’ve captivated audiences worldwide on stages from the famed Magic Castle to Royal Variety Performances to multiple seasons of "America's Got Talent." The mind-blowing spectacular of "The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays" showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth, alongside special guests Light Balance. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Having previously made their Broadway debut at the Marquis Theatre in 2014 with "Witness the Impossible," before returning to New York with "Live on Broadway" at the Neil Simon Theatre in 2015 and "Turn of the Century" at the Palace Theatre in 2016, The Illusionists are certainly no strangers to the Great White Way. The production has also had record-breaking engagements all around the world including London’s West End and on tour around the U.S. and Canada.
Known for its rotating cast of expert illusionists, the "Magic Of The Holidays" engagement is set to feature “The Grand Illusionist” Darcy Oake, “The Futurist” Adam Trent, “The Deductionist” Colin Cloud, “The Manipulator” Shin Lim, and “The Sorceress” Chloe Crawford, alongside special guests Light Balance, a technologically advanced dance troupe that competed in season eight of "Britain’s Got Talent" and placed fourth, then went on to place third in "America’s Got Talent."
What distinguishes the performers, aside from their skill, is the entertainment level they bring to their routines. On that front, "The Illusionists" more than delivers, even if its cheesiness factor is more redolent of Las Vegas than Broadway. Despite its title, the show gives little nod to the season, save for the occasional snowy projection or snippet of a Christmas song. But it provides a holiday treat for those magic fans interested in seeing it performed live rather than from the remove of a television screen.
Each performer has a specialty of sorts, and all are very good at what they do. The overall approach will be familiar to anyone who watches programs of the "Got Talent" ilk - fast moving, flashy visuals, loud music. Perhaps the production's greatest trick is that it never feels like a rip-off or a TV show padded out for Broadway prices. Kid-friendly, "The Illusionists" can seem a bit hokey at times...and some of the tricks, though never less than well performed, aren't exactly new.