After record breaking runs in New York, London and Asia, The Illusionists Direct from Broadway will be in South Africa for the first time ever, opening at GrandWest on Wednesday, February 7, for a limited season ending on Sunday, February 11. The show then moves to Montecasino’s Teatro from Valentine’s Day to Sunday March 11.
‘The Illusionists’ has shattered box office records across the globe and continues to dazzle audiences of all ages with a mix of some of the “most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. The show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.” (Quote directly from promotional materials.)
Local audiences will get to witness acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading and disappearance in the spectacular that showcases the talents of eight Illusionists including award winning magician, author, television show host and performer, The Trickster, David Williamson, who also consulted for illusionists David Copperfield’s and David Blaine’s TV specials.
Infusing the old and new world of performance theatre in his magical illusion act, The Escapist, Krendl has performed over 1200 shows in 12 years and was voted ‘best in show’ for the past three years at the international Magic Theater. He has been featured on national television shows and performed on cruise ships and at resorts around the world.
Ben Blaque, The Weapon Master, established himself as America’s foremost master of the crossbow after appearing four times on ‘America’s Got Talent’. His Danger Act made it to the quarterfinals and was then brought back by Howard Stern for the Wild Card Show. Blaque performs incredibly dangerous acts using highly powerful crossbows to shoot various objects.
Bringing a poetic approach to card trickery with “brilliant dexterity”, Korean-born Den Den, The Manipulator, was named Magician of the Year in 2014 by the Academy of Magical Arts and he received the highest accolade from the Society of American Magicians.
Chris Cox is The Mentalist, a self-proclaimed “mind reader who can’t read minds”. He is making a big name for himself at home in the United Kingdom and delivers mind-reading stunts with a silly and mischievous sense of fun.
Having previously performed at Sun City in the early 1990s, Mark Kalin, The Showman, returns to South Africa on this tour. Regarded as one of the most influential magicians of the last decade, Kalin brings his illusions to the stage and on television shows, as well as his own experimental theatre in Reno, Nevada. As a young man Kalin’s specialty was sleight-of-hand magic, but he later expanded his act with Jinger Leigh, The Conjuress, to include tigers, panthers and split-second marvels.
As a performance artist and modern interpreter of the art of illusion, Darcy Oakes, The Grand Illusionist, transports audiences with his sleight of hand and logic-defying illusions. He has taken the rich heritage of the magic culture and put a fresh, young and modern twist on the profession. In 2014 Oakes made an appearance before 200 million viewers on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. He impressed both the judges and the audience, catapulting this star much higher than even he had believed possible. In 2016, he made a guest appearance on ‘America’s Got Talent’ proving once again that the impossible is possible.
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 first time.
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