The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible at the Shaftesbury Theatre
Compromising of seven magicians from around the world and reportedly also taking the world by storm, this show promises spectacle and awe and it does not disappoint – all without a rabbit in sight.
This troupe of magic men have gone for an altogether sleeker look; there’s a lot of dramatic walking and pouting. Colin Cloud starts off the night effortlessly with his master deductions and from there, the live band expertly propel the audience into the show. Everything is well rehearsed, the transitions are flawless, if a little bombastic, but The Trickster saves the show from taking itself too seriously. Every time he appears, the audience begins to laugh even before he’s opened his mouth.
It is a little cheesy at points, but everyone loves cheese, and especially when it’s a two-hour-long wedge of brie. Some of the performers are not as strong, but it’s a variety show and this has to be expected. Furthermore, those who are the strongest really do shine. For almost two hours the audience is filled with gasps and declarations, many people craning towards the stage in wonder-awed amusement.
Even those stoically resolved to remain unamused will be convinced. The performers are charming, vivacious and (the ultimate accolade) the sections with audience participation are expertly handled. Far from the excruciatingly awkward encounters one expects, the audience are thrilled to be chosen and the children particularly (one little boy is so assertively flamboyant, he almost outdoes the professional magician!). If you have children, they will love it – and so will you.
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible is on at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 16th November 2015 until 3rd January 2016, for further information or to book visit here.
Watch a trailer for The Illusionists here: