Put your ideas of magic aside because The Illusionists 2.0 is a truly one-of-a-kind show featuring tricks that will boggle your mind (and I mean boggle).
A few nights ago my boyfriend spoilt me with tickets for us to Illusionists 2.0 at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
The show is made up of six magicians from all over the world, each with a unique style and way of dazzling the crowd.
The six members are Portugal’s Luis de Matos as The Master Magician, Belgium’s Aaron Crow as The Warrior, Britain’s James More as The Deceptionist, Australia’s own Raymond Crowe as The Unusualist, America’s Adam Trent as The Futurist and Korea’s Yu Ho-Jin as The Manipulator .
The Master Magician engaged the entire audience in a mega illusion and kept the show running smoothly as narrator.
The Unusualist was a crowd pleaser with his comedic persona and charming finger puppet routine to “What a Wonderful World”.
The Warrior had crowd members holding their breath with his acts, one which involved an audience member with a pineapple on her head, a bow and arrow and a spinning platform.
The Deceptionist performed traditional illusions involving fire and escaping from various boxes, which seemed to be the least exciting of the night – perhaps because the audience anticipates the escapist will always escape.
My favourite act of the night was by The Futurist who combined cutting-edge technology with traditional magic, which involved glittery objects jumping out of a screen and into his hand and had him disappear completely for a moment (it was truly magical).
However The Manipulator stole the show with his seamless hand work and endless supply of colourful cards.
All in all it was a fantastic family friendly magic show. My only major downer is I was frustrated because I couldn’t understand how they did a lot of the tricks – my mind was completely boggled!
Have you seen the show? If so, what did you think?