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“The Illusionists”

thru February 22

at Proctors

State Street, Schenectady

proctors.org

School is out for the week. The kids are home. It's just as cold down south as it is here in the Capital District—which is secretly making you happy--and you need a fix and ray of sunshine for you and the kids to melt the Winter doldrums away. Enter, “The Illusionists”.

 

Here's the bottom line about “The Illusionists”, that Broadway magic show that has the world talking: It's going to be a long, long time before you or your kids get to see a 'magic' show this good again. “The Illusionists” are entertaining, absolutely hilarious, as much comedy as magic, and will bend your perception of reality forever.

 

Notice, they do not say 'magic'. Nor do they refer to the saying, “The hand is quicker than the eye.” This show is all that, but also comes with humor, rock music, new age tech, and in a lot of ways does for 'magic' what Cirque did for the circus.

 

We are introduced to seven 'Illusionists' each with a specialty: Dan Sperry “The Anti-Conjuror” with his specialty of 'Shock Illusions'; Aaron Crow “The Warrior” with 'Weapons Magic'; Adam Trent, “The Futurist” with 'Technology Illusions'; Kevin James “The Inventor” with 'Magic Innovation'; Jeff Hobson “The Trickster” with 'Comedy Magic'; Andrew Basso “The Escapist” with 'Deaf Defying Acts'; and Yu Ho-Jin, “The Manipulator.” Yu Ho-Jin recently won “Magician of the Year” in 2014 by the Academy of Magical Arts.”

 

To be fair, you can't say one is better than the other. All performed their niche flawlessly. The show is set up with each performer coming on and performing one act, and then rotating turns and sets. Jeff Hobson, the “Comic” was absolutely hilarious and had this reviewer in tears with laughter. He is quick—but you'll have to wait until the end of the show to see just how quick.

 

Andrew Basso, “The Escapist” is more super- human than magician, and you are told this. Inspired by Houdini, you will see him hang upside down, shackled in water, as he tries to untangle himself. There is a clock ticking next to the booth and you are invited to try holding your breath along with him. This type of act always makes me cringe, because there are real dangers involved.

 

But that is it for the giveaways—This is a must see show.

 

I don't want to tell you what you'll see, because that ruins the surprises. When you watch the show, you will cast your eyes between the performer on stage and the large screen over the stage, used equally by people in the rear rows as well as in the front rows, because it gives you a fantastic close up of the action. You will also be daring to look at other parts of the stage to see if any props are being added while your attention is diverted. Nope. What happens in front of you will leave you thinking about this show for years to come. “How did they do that?”

 

To be fair, no show is perfect. There are extra bee-boppers on the sidelines, and I'm not really sure what they do there. The audience participation gets a bit too long, but understand—kids love that stuff.

 

The show is 100% fun for adults and kids and perfect revenge for one long, long Winter. Can they make the cold disappear, though??!

 

--Richard DiMaggio, didyouweekend.com

At Proctors

thru February 22

For other cities on the tour: http://www.theillusionistslive.com/

 

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Address: Proctors, State Street, chenectady

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