I have seen quite a few magic shows and I love comedy shows but it’s not very often that I get to see a show that combines both magic and laughter and with such a huge variety of different types of magic tricks and illusions. This holiday season, The Illusionists are performing on Broadway in a show that will leave you both speechless and laughing hysterically (often at the same time).
The show is comprised of six performers, all who have different styles and skills that they showcase. The one thing they do have in common is that all six are absolutely incredible to watch.
Dom Chambers – “The Showman” – Dom hails from Australia and has some crazy tricks that just left me speechless: for example, he kept pulling glasses full of beer out of thin air (even out of a shoe!)
Eric Chien – “The Manipulator” – Eric is the winner of “Asia’s Got Talent” and you can easily see why: his sleight-of-hand abilities are something you just can’t see anywhere else and I simply could not figure out how in the world his tricks worked.
Chris Cox – “The Mentalist” – Chris has a really quirky personality and just blew me away with his ability to mind-read random people from the audience.
Paul Dabek – “The Trickster” – Paul was the host of the show and was one of the funniest magicians/trickiest comedians) I’ve ever seen. He just oozed charisma and was an absolute delight to watch. He was very funny from the very beginning of the show but his jokes kept getting funnier and funnier. His tricks were pretty awesome, too.
Kevin James – “The Inventor” – Kevin is a seasoned magician but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to mesmerize an audience with new and innovative tricks no one has seen before.
Enzo Weyne – “The Unforgettable” – Enzo is a charismatic French magician who is quick on his feet and dazzles with his unique and clever tricks.
The first half of the show was amazing but the second half is when things started to get even crazier and the magicians kicked it up a notch. So if you’re not blown away by the first half (and trust me, you will be) the second half is guaranteed to make you doubt everything you know about physics and human ability. In the end the cast got a well-deserved standing ovation.
The show is two hours long (some weekend 11 am matinees are 90 minutes long). I recommend it for kids ages 5 and up. There are several jokes that are really inappropriate but your kids won’t get them. (My ten-year-old definitely didn’t get the adult-oriented humor, thankfully).
When: Through January 5th, 2020
Where: Neil Simon Theatre
250 West 52nd St. (between 7 and 8 Ave)
Ticket Price and Purchase Info
Price: $49 and up
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Photos by Joan Marcus
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for nineteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids, ages 12, 10 and 7.