Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Illusionists 2.0

Last night, we visited the Emirates Palace to see the show of the seven magicians that call themselves "The Illusionists 2.0", probably the biggest magic show touring the planet at the moment.

We hadn't been to Emirates Palace before, but got to see quite a bit of it walking through to the ballroom where the show was going to be. It sure is exceptionally beautiful! Everything glistens and glimmers in gold!

We were seated on the balcony, so not only did we have the perfect view, we also didn't risk getting picked to participate on stage, something I hate..!

The seven magicians all did their own parts of the show, all very different. The Trickster, Jeff Hobson, was the only magician of the original Illusionist cast. He was a bit of a funnyman, the comedy foil of the show. The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin, came out and did a classic sleight-of-hand performance. Personally I thought his talent got a bit lost on the big scene, which was a shame because he was indeed super talented.

The production was truly amazing with plenty of visual effects. We had to wear the special 3D glasses for some of the illusions, as they were using interactive projections and all the latest state-of-the-art technology. Kids thought that was really cool!

We all liked The Warrior, Aaron Crow, who used props such as swords and crossbows for his scary antics and came on for two amazingly impressive performances.
Lucas laughed his big belly laugh at The Unusualist, Raymond Crowe, who mixed magic with mime and comedy and did a very funny routine with the help of some audience members. He was brilliant!

One of the better classic magicians, in my opinion, was The Master Magician - Louis de Matos; who is the youngest magician ever to receive the Devant Award from the Magic Circle. He did some amazing tricks, all a bit out of the ordinary. He also helped us do some magic ourselves with the help of some props left on our seats:

I also liked The Futurist, Adam Trent, who used some cool technology in his magic. I read an article somewhere describing his performances as a cross between David Copperfield and Justin Timberlake - which I thought was kind of fitting. A very contemporary magician.

The magician getting the most stage time was The Deceptionist, James More. He presented some huge and very visually pleasing illusions. A bit like classic Houdini, with an ultra modern twist.

Before the show, and in the intermission, we could enjoy some snacks and drinks in the foyer! That's the way we like it!

To further celebrate Nathan, since we couldn't do much on his actual birthday, we went on to the Belgian Café for some pork belly, mussels and beer. Mmm! What a night!

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