If you’ve never seen a live magic show, add The Illusionists to your bucket list.
I’ve never been to Las Vegas, but I think this show gave me a great (Midwest) taste of the strip! There were magical illusions that kept you guessing. There were mysteries that kept you asking, “How?”
First, I tried to figure out how everything was happening. Where was a trap door? Is that a new person? What just happened?
But after a bit, I finally let myself be entranced and swept away. And what a magical evening it was.
A few magical highlights:
- The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin, pulled off the most beautiful and artistic card trick I’ve ever witnessed. For at least five minutes he managed to bring out hundreds (if not thousands) of playing cards. It was as though his hands were a machine and cards were flying out gracefully.
- The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry, was equal parts terrifying and mesmerizing. He managed to amaze with a white dove that duplicated and then turned into a red bird before returning back to white doves. The set ended with the bird cage vanishing into thin air as a parrot emerged.
But beyond magic, there were also quite a few amazing feats:
- The Escapologist, Andrew Basso, channeled his hero Houdini for the famous Water Torture Cell. In this act, his hands and feet were chained and locked and he was submerged in a clear cell of water. In several painstaking minutes, he had to remove the locks and free himself.
- The Daredevil, Jonathan Goodwin, was quite a showman – instead of lying on a bed of nails, he laid on ONE nail. Ouch!
- The Weapon Master, Ben Blaque, and his assistant had me holding my breath as he fired a crossbow at balloons and strings in close proximity to human flesh.
But I think my favorite part of the show was the comedy by The Trickster, Jeff Hobson. He was a cross between a sparkling Vegas showman and Conan O’Brien. He had the crowd roaring with laughter – from his self-deprecating humor to fun magic tricks to audience pick-pocketing.
The beauty of the Adler Theatre in Davenport was a perfect backdrop to the Illusionists – Live from Broadway.
The show truly kept the magic alive!