From a certain perspective, every performer who steps on a stage can be seen as an illusionist, someone who temporarily trades the actuality of “is’’ for the masquerade of “seems.’’
The show, which has plenty of surprises at the Princess of Wales this holiday season, pulls that off with reasonable frequency. “The Illusionists’’ abounds in high-level “What the hell…?” technical proficiency as seven performers execute magic tricks and daring stunts.
The audience’s job within that equation is usually to suspend disbelief. In The Illusionists: Live from Broadway, however, the goal of the performers is to induce disbelief, to do things that we see but still can’t believe we saw.
The sort of communal magic that occurs when a real connection is forged with an audience and a performance seems to burst spontaneously to life in the moment, as if for the very first time, no matter how many times it’s been done before.
Funny, spectacular and breathtakingly beautiful, this event is one that will be remembered for its utter capability in making you respond ‘whaaaaaaaaaaat?’
That impression is cemented by everything from the percussion-heavy, eardrum-shredding music that is designed to whip up drama to the retro shtick of Jeff Hobson, a.k.a. The Trickster, who functions as both performer and Emcee.
THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY December 12 - January 7, 2018 PRINCESS OF WALES THEATRE, 300 King Street, Toronto TICKETS $69.00 – $185.00 www.mirvish.com 416-872-1212