Kid Review of The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, now playing at Marquis Theater
by Waverly W., 10 years old, and Mom, 50 years old!
The Mom here! Holiday Magic is back in NYC at last – and I mean that literally! The Illusionists are back on Broadway with a mind-blowing “magical mix” of classic and cutting-edge illusions that will leave you amazed, thoroughly entertained, and yes, believing in magic. Our minds are officially blown.
Waverly here! As usual, I was so excited to see this when I was at school that day. I remembered the last time we went to The Illusionists on Broadway so I knew this was going to be really awesome. If my teacher had asked me a question that day, my response would probably have been, “Uh, magic?” I had seen some of the stars of this show on America’s Got Talent and could not wait to see them in person and see their magic for myself. Walking into the theater felt magical and exciting – there was music playing that felt suspenseful, and colorful holiday lights around the stage. We got our Playbills and also a sheet of paper with numbers on it and we sat back and waited to be amazed. It didn’t take long for that to happen when Colin Cloud, “The Deductionist” amazed us with his mind-reading abilities. This was definitely NOT a set up. This guy really is a “real life Sherlock Holmes!” He even used a Sherlock Holmes book and did some unbelievable guessing with people from the audience. He says, “It’s not psychic, it’s psychological.” I say it must be magic…
We would have just been happy and amazed enough seeing Colin Cloud do his thing….but there are four more Illusionists! This was non-stop magical excitement! Adam Trent,
“The Futurist,” brought us to the future of magic and mesmerized us with what we saw – he makes things on screen come to life! We have never seen or even imagined anything like that, ever. It was SO COOL to watch!! That’s not all he did, though…not even close. During intermission we put stuff into a box…
…and later, he picked stuff out of the box and did his magic! All this happened right in front of our eyes – there is no way to explain it so I won’t even try! He also amazed us with that number sheet we got before the show. I can’t ruin it for you but I can say that this trick lets you be part of the magic, and after you see it, you will be scratching your head and trying to figure out how he did that just like we still are! He told us a little bit about his life and showed a video of him as a young kid. He has been working hard at his dream all his life and made everyone believe that with hard work and belief in yourself, your dream can come true, too! He also reminded us that “How you spend your dash” (the time between birth and death) that is truly important. Adam Trent is awesome!!
Chloe Crawford, “The Sorceress,” is the first female magician to be successful on the tv show “Britain’s Got Talent” (Woo-Hoo!). She is really talented! Um, just know that you should DEFINITELY not try what she does at home! Also, she is very beautiful but once you see her in action, you may not want to go on a date with her, guys! Warning – this part is “slight…ly disturbing!” You will not be able to look away, though!
“The Grand Illusionist” Darcy Oakes made birds – and birdCAGES – appear out of nowhere and we were sitting really close up so we can tell you this will completely amaze you. It is also really beautiful to watch! He also made himself disappear and reappear, made invisible coins land in glasses, and astounded us with a “literal camera trick” that will astound you, too.
Before I tell you about the person we were most excited to see, let me tell you about Light Balance, the very talented, high energy dancers that used light to bring some magic to their dance moves! Actually, they brought “24 Karat Magic” to the show…this part of the show was totally unique and very fun to watch.
America’s Got Talent Champion Shin Lim, “The Manipulator,” was even more amazing than I expected him to be. He did things with cards that I can’t even describe! One card would become five cards, then five cards would become one card again, and then he would make them pop out of his mouth even when we just saw an audience holding the same card in her hands! We were sitting right in front of him (actually this was the case for all of them of course!) and we are literally just amazed. Like the guy behind us kept saying, “Oh My God. Oh My God. Seriously…what?” Shin Lim was so awesome, what else can I say? He even makes card tricks beautiful to watch.
Even though we had really great seats in front, pretty much any seat is a good one because there are screens everywhere and cameras filming everything as it happens live. Once you see it, you you will not believe your eyes, but since it happens right before your eyes, you will have to believe it! I loved The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays and already can’t wait until they’re back on Broadway!
Back to Mom! Like Waverly, I’m still trying to figure out the answer to the question everyone who sees that show is asking….How did they DO that? I guess we have to chalk it up to “The Magic of the Holidays!” With five times the star power and sweet holiday touches, you can literally give the gift of Holiday Magic to someone on your list this season! Get your tickets now because the show only runs until December 30th! You’ve got to see them before they….well, you know.
Tickets for The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929. Beginning Monday, October 29, tickets can also be purchased in person at the Marquis Theatre box office (210 West 46th Street).
WEEKS OF NOVEMBER 26, DECEMBER 3, AND DECEMBER 10 (8 PERFORMANCES):
- Full two-hour shows are performed Tuesday and Thursday at 7PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM and 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM.
- 90-minute family matinees are performed Saturday and Sunday at 11AM.WEEK OF DECEMBER 17 (9 PERFORMANCES):
- Full two-hour shows are performed Tuesday and Thursday at 7PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 3PM and 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM and 7:30PM.
- 90-minute family matinees are performed Saturday and Sunday at 11AM.WEEK OF DECEMBER 24 (16 PERFORMANCES):
- Full two-hour shows are performed Tuesday at 7PM and Wednesday-Saturday at 3PM and 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM and 7:30PM.
- 90-minute family matinees are performed Wednesday-Sunday at 11AM.