Hey presto! The Illusionists - seven of the world’s top magicians - will weave their spell on South Yorkshire audiences, writes Graham Walker.
Following sell-out runs in Sydney and Mexico City, they will perform their first ever UK tour of outrageous, mind bending illusions at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday, October 6.
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The Illusionists are Dan Sperry ‘The Anti Conjurer’, Jinger Leigh ‘The Enchantress’, Andrew Basso ‘The Escapologist’, Mark Kalin ‘The Gentlemen’, Kevin James ‘The Inventor’, Jeff Hobson ‘The Trickster’ and Philip Escoffey ‘The Mentalist’.
Each is a master in their own field and, with the help of 20 assistants, they will perform the most spectacular tricks from their hugely impressive repertoires.
The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible features jaw dropping acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escape.
The Anti Conjurer’s mastery of the shock illusion will drop the jaw of every audience member and The Escapologist’s life threatening escape will shock and awe, says Simon Painter, Creative Director,
The Gentleman and The Enchantress’ theatrical blend of illusion and stunning drama will make the unfathomable, a reality.
The Inventor is the master of deception and the improbable and The Trickster fuses comedy and magic to devastating effect – but don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance.
The Mentalist mingles with the thoughts and reads the minds of his audience, leaving no boundaries uncrossed and all questioning what they thought was reality.
Collectively, these performers have been seen by millions of people around the World and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the very first time.
The group of world-class performers draw influences from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past such as Harry Houdini, and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costume design lend the genre a theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before.
Simon added: “We’ve taken this show around the world and have played in front of some amazing audiences. Now it’s the turn of Sheffield crowds to witness the impossible!
“From Dan Sperry’s shock illusions, to comedy magician Jeff Hobson, to Escapologist Andrew Basso, who performs the Houdini inspired underwater escape live on stage, there is no other group of magicians who can deliver the mind-blowing entertainment that The Illusionists do at every show.”
Having launched in January 2012, The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible has toured the world. It was seen by 73,000 people across just 17 days in Sydney and Mexico City alone.
The show is currently touring South America and will play to packed houses in Dubai before coming to the UK in September.
Tickets for Sheffield City Hall’s two shows on October 6 - at 6pm then 9pm - are now on sale, from £30 each, subject to booking fee. Buy in person, call 0114 2789 789 or visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.
Please note: A family ticket consisting of two adults and two children is available for £30 per person (£120 in total, subject to booking fees).
This can ONLY be purchased by calling the box office on 0114 279789 or by visiting the City Hall Box Office counter, not available to purchase online.
FULL UK TOUR DATES: Bournemouth Windsor Hall, September 24, 8pm; Oxford New Theatre, September 25, 8pm; Blackpool Opera House, 27 September 27, 8pm; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, September 28, 6pm and 9pm, to 29, 4.30pm; Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, October 2 and 3, 8pm; Manchester Apollo, October 4, 9pm and 5, 8pm; Sheffield City Hall, October 6, 6pm and 9pm; Wolverhampton Civic Hall, October 8, 8pm; Plymouth Pavilions, October 9,8pm; Portsmouth Guildhall, October 10, 8pm; London Hammersmith Apollo, October 11, 9pm and 12, 1pm, 4.30pm and 8pm.