But, but….how?!?!? My brain hurt following a 2+ hour riveting performance by The Illusionists. Is it a slight of hand, an optical illusion, or does magic really exist? Broadway Across Canada’s tour of The Illusionists – Live From Broadway is a must-see event. This family-friendly show (to be honest there were one or two references that had me wincing a bit but 99% of the show is absolutely family-friendly) is packed with hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts, and acts that will take away your breath. After shattering box office records around the world, we are truly lucky to have this mind-blowing spectacular share their outrageous and astonishing live acts in Vancouver.
Creative Producer Simon Painter said, “The Illusionists is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage.” He really wasn’t lying. How one performer produces more than 1000 cards out of thin air, or how another turns fire into birds, or a motorcycle appears seemingly out of thin air, I’ll never understand.
My 10 year old son went to the performance determined to figure out all the tricks. I honestly think he thought the show would feature only up-close-magic with coins and cards. He had no clue of the scale these performers were capable. Every time I glanced over at my son he was on the edge of his seat, slack-jawed, in utter amazement and disbelief at what he was witnessing.
There were moments I had to watch through my fingers. The illusionist called “Daredevil” took risks (or they sure looked like real risks) that this momma couldn’t stomach. It was impressive, it was astounding, and it was a little too terrifying for me. My youngest thought it was amazing and seemed a little too inspired for my liking.
We have been to many Broadway Across Canada performances and The Illusionists is nothing like we’ve seen before. You won’t be disappointed, your kids will love it, and if you can figure out how they do any of the tricks, let me know. I’m most curious!
The Illusionists – Live From Broadway:
Dates: January 15 – 20, 2019
Times: evening (7:30pm) and matinee (2pm) performances
Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Address: 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
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