The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    November 23, 2018
    Closing:
    December 30, 2018

    Theater: Marquis Theatre / 1535 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    The Illusionists previously wowed New York audiences three record-breaking years in a row with Witness The Impossible, Live on Broadway, and Turn Of The Century, and around the world including smash hit engagements on London’s West End and on tour around the United States and Canada. 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.”

    Read the reviews from the last time The Illusionists were on Broadway below!

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays

    Review: ‘The Illusionists’ Showcases Magicians and Stagecraft

    Charles Isherwood

    November 19, 2015: Magic acts, it seems to me, are best served like a nice dry martini, straight up. That’s not the theory behind “The Illusionists,” directed and choreographed by Neil Dorward. It seems to have been designed along the lines of television contest shows like “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent,” with all sorts of trumped-up glitz attempting to feed the excitement. We get continuous blasts of thunderous, supposedly suspense-enhancing music played onstage by a band. In addition to the seven magicians themselves, a chorus of assistants slinks around in gothic attire attempting to look sexy, or menacing, or something. There are laser beams, digital video screens and more. All this serves not to enhance the brilliance of the feats being performed but to distract from it. In fact, all the fancy stagecraft surrounding the acts makes the tricks themselves seem less impressive. A giant screen that hangs above the stage, offering us a close-up view of the sleight of hand, tends to grab your attention. Everyone knows that watching a magic act on television instead of live robs it of much of its allure.

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