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The Illusionists is a touring magic production which features a rotating cast of 5 to 8 magicians who all specialise in specific branches of magic from stage illusions to mind reading to escapology and comedic magic.[1]

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HistoryEdit

The show premiered at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on 12 January 2012, produced by Simon Painter with Tim Lawson.[2]

Current/Future productionsEdit

The Illusionists – Live from BroadwayEdit

Location Year Cast Members
North America 2018-2019 (In rotation) An Ha Lim (The Manipulator), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil), Colin Cloud (The Deductionist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Darcy Oake (The Grand Illusionist)

Now You See Me Live[3]Edit

Location Year Cast Members
China 2018 James Moore (The Showman), Florian Sainvet (The Manipulator), Sabine van Diemen (The Escape Artist), Enzo Weyne (The Mentalist)

The Illusionists – Direct From BroadwayEdit

Location Year Cast Members
Europe 2019 Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), James Moore (The Deceptionist), Enzo Weyne (The Unforgettable), Yu Ho Jin (The Manipulator), Kevin James (The Inventor), Sos and Victoria Petrosyan (The Transformationists)

Past productionsEdit

The Illusionists - Witness the ImpossibleEdit

Location Year Cast Members
Sydney 2012 Brett Daniels (The Grand Illusionist), Dan Sperry (The Anti-conjuror), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Kevin James (The Inventor), James Dimmare (The Gentleman), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Phillip Escoffey (The Mentalist)
Singapore 2012 Brett Daniels (The Grand Illusionist), Dan Sperry (The Anti-conjuror), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), James Dimmare (The Gentleman), Michael Halvarson (The Trickster), Phillip Escoffey (The Mentalist)
Mexico 2012[4] Brett Daniels (The Grand Illusionist), Dan Sperry (The Anti-conjuror), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Mark Kalin (The Gentleman), Jinger Leigh (The Enchantress), Joaquin Kotkin (The Surrealist), Jeff McBride (The Shaman)
Brisbane and Adelaide 2013 Brett Daniels (The Grand Illusionist), Dan Sperry (The Anti-conjuror), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Mark Kalin (The Gentleman), Jinger Leigh (The Enchantress)
New Zealand 2013[5] Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Dan Sperry (The Anti-conjuror), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Mark Kalin (The Gentleman), Jinger Leigh (The Enchantress), Philip Escoffey (The Mentalist)
South America 2013 Brett Daniels (The Grand Illusionist), Dan Sperry (The Anti-conjuror), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Mark Kalin (The Gentleman), Jinger Leigh (The Enchantress), Joaquin Kotkin (The Surrealist)
Dubai 2013[6] Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Dan Sperry (The Anti-conjuror), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Mark Kalin (The Gentleman), Jinger Leigh (The Enchantress), Philip Escoffey (The Mentalist);
United Kingdom 2013[7] Dan Sperry (The Anti-conjuror), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Jinger Leigh (The Enchantress), Philip Escoffey (The Mentalist), Mark Kalin (The Gentleman), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Kevin James (The Inventor)
Melbourne and Perth 2014 David Williamson (The Trickster), Dan Sperry (The Anti-conjuror), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Mark Kalin (The Gentleman), Jinger Leigh (The Enchantress), Anthony Laye (The Mentalist)
United States (30+ city tour) 2014-2015 Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Aaron Crow (The Warrior), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), Kevin James (The Inventor), Dan Sperry (The Anti-Conjuror), Adam Trent (The Futurist)[8]
New York City Christmas 2014 Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), Dan Sperry (The Anti-Conjuror), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Aaron Crow (The Warrior), Adam Trent (The Futurist)[9]
London Christmas 2015 Den Den (The Manipulator), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Colin Cloud (The Deductionist), Ben Blaque (The Weapon Master), Jamie Raven (The Magician), David Williamson (The Trickster), Kevin James (The Inventor)

Stunt-actor: Ben Weirheim
Dancers: Kirsty Painter, Hollie Sanford England, Naomi Jeffery, Jennifer Gainey, Todd Hampton, Kane Bonke; Ash McCready; Gemma Facinelli, Laura White, Jason Gray, Kevin Keti, Rachel Bickerton, Danielle Everdell
Assistants: Antonio Hoyos, Ed Hawkins, Claudia James

The Illusionists - Live on BroadwayEdit

Location Year Cast Members
New York City Christmas 2015 Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Dan Sperry (The Anti-Conjuror), Yu Ho Jin (the Manipulator), Adam Trent (The Futurist), Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), James More (The Deceptionist) and Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil)

The Illusionists - Live from BroadwayEdit

Location Year Cast Members
Cancun Christmas 2015 Hector is Magic (The Master Magician), Leonardo Bruno (The Alchemist), Alex Ramon (The Showman), Michael C. Anthony (The Hypnotist), Hyun Joon Kim (The Manipulator), Aaron Crow (The Warrior), Joaquin Kotkin (The Surrealist), Chris Cox (The Mentalist)
Asia 2016 Krendl (The Escapist), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass (The Clairvoyants), Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), Hyun Joon Kim (The Manipulator), Sam Powers (The Enigma), Leonardo Bruno (The Alchemist)
North America (50+ city tour) 2015-2016 (In rotation) Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Dan Sperry (The Anti-Conjuror), Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), Kevin James (The Inventor), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Ben Blaque (The Weapon Master), James More (The Deceptionist), Colin Cloud (The Deductionist), Adam Trent (The Futurist), Darcy Oake (The Grand Illusionist), Shin Lim (The Manipulator)
Toronto December 2017 An Ha Lim (The Manipulator), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil), Colin Cloud (The Deductionist), Darcy Oake (The Grand Illusionist)
Wilmington, DE & Washington, DC December 2017 Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Adam Trent (The Futurist), Ben Blaque (The Weapons Master), Krendl (The Excapist), Florian Sainvet (The Manipulator)
Hungary May 2018 Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), Josephine Lee (The Conjuress), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), The Deceptionist (James More), Enzo Weyne (The Unforgettable), Yu Ho Jin (The Manipulator), Leonardo Bruno (The Alchemist)

Dancers: Gemma Facinelli, Stephanie Potteiger, Amanda Esposito, Tamara Garrido Fernandez, Rob Coglitore, De'Niko Maurice Welch

The Illusionists 2.0: The Next Generation of MagicEdit

Location Year Cast Members
Sydney 2014 Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), James More (The Deceptionist), Adam Trent (The Futurist), Aaron Crow (The Warrior), Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), Dr. Scott Lewis (The Hypnotist)
Mexico 2014 Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), James More (The Deceptionist), Adam Trent (The Futurist), Aaron Crow (The Warrior), Kevin James (The Inventor), Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), Special Guest Joaquin Kotkin (The Surrealist)[10]
Melbourne 2015 Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), James More (The Deceptionist), Hyun Joon Kim (The Manipulator), Michael C. Anthony (The Hypnotist), Ben Blaque (The Weapon Master), Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), Sam Powers (The Enigma)
Perth 2015 Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), James More (The Deceptionist), Hyun Joon Kim (The Manipulator), Michael C. Anthony (The Hypnotist), Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil), Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass (The Clairvoyants), Sam Powers (The Enigma)
Panama 2015 Jorge Blass (The Maestro), Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), James More (The Deceptionist), Adam Trent (The Futurist), Ben Blaque (The Weapon Master), Aryel Altamar (The Hypnotist), Michael Grasso (The Showman), Joaquin Kotkin (The Surrealist)
Cancun Christmas 2017 Den Den (The Manipulator), Joaquin Kotkin (The Surrealist), Sam Powers (The Enigma), Mark Kalin (The Showman), Jinger Leigh (The Conjuress), Charlie Mag (The Enchanter), Darren ‘Dizzy’ Partridge (The Trickster)
Europe 2017-2018 Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), Josephine Lee (The Conjuress), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), The Deceptionist (James More), Enzo Weyne (The Unforgettable), Yu Ho Jin (The Manipulator), Leonardo Bruno (The Alchemist)

Dancers: Hollie Sanford England, Gemma Facinelli, Todd Hampton, Kenny Samuel
Assistants: Antonio Hoyos, Ed Hawkins, Claudia James

The Illusionists 1903: The Golden Age of MagicEdit

Location Year Cast Members
Brisbane and Adelaide 2015 Rick Thomas (The Immortal), Mark Kalin (The Showman), Jinger Leigh (The Conjuress), Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass (The Clairvoyants), Armando Lucero (The Maestro)
Middle East 2015 Alberto Giorgi (The Immortal), Mark Kalin (The Showman), Jinger Leigh (The Conjuress), Krendl (The Escapist), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass (The Clairvoyants), Dana Daniels (The Charlatan), Special Guest: Joaquin Kotkin (The Surrealist)
Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne 2015 Alberto Giorgi (The Immortal), Mark Kalin (The Showman), Jinger Leigh (The Conjuress), Krendl (The Escapist), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass (The Clairvoyants), Dana Daniels (The Charlatan)

The Illusionists – Turn of the CenturyEdit

Location Year Cast Members
New York & Ohio[11] Christmas 2016 Mark Kalin (The Showman), Jinger Leigh (The Conjuress), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Dana Daniels (The Charlatan), Justo Thaus (The Grand Carlini), Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass (The Clairvoyants), Rick Thomas (The Immortal), Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil)

The Illusionists – The next Generation of MagicEdit

Location Year Cast Members
Europe 2016 - 2017 Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), Ben Blaque (The Weapon Master), James More (The Deceptionist), Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), Krendl (The Escapologist), Enzo Weyne (The Elusive), Yu Ho Jin (The Manipulator)

The Illusionists – Direct From BroadwayEdit

Location Year Cast Members
Perth 2017 An Ha Lim (The Manipulator), Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil), James More (The Deceptionist), Colin Cloud (The Deductionist), Kevin James (The Inventor), Harrison Greenbaum (The Trickster)
South Africa 2018 (In rotation) Den Den (The Manipulator), David Williamson (The Trickster), Harrison Greenbaum (The Trickster), Darcy Oake (The Grand Illusionist), Mark Kalin (The Showman), Jinger Leigh (The Conjuress), Chris Cox (The Mentalist), Krendl (The Escapist), Ben Blaque (The Weapon Master)
Europe 2018 Luis de Matos (The Master Magician), Josephine Lee (The Conjuress), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), James Moore (The Deceptionist), Enzo Weyne (The Unforgettable), Yu Ho Jin (The Manipulator), Leonardo Bruno (The Alchemist)

The Illusionists Present The Magic of Adam TrentEdit

Location Year Cast Members
North America 2017-2018 Adam Trent

The UnbelievablesEdit

Location Year Cast Members
Australia 2017-2018 Jay Johnson (The Ventriloquist), Yuliya Kurkina (The Artist), Brett Loudermilk (The Blade Master), Shin Lim (The Virtuoso), Sos and Victoria Petrosyan (The Transformationalists), Aleksandra Kiedrowicz (The Floating Phenom), Artem Lyubane (The Titan), Harrison Greenbaum (The Comic), Alfredo and Anna Silva (Deadly Games), Robert Karlos (The Dexterous Dynamo), Alan Pagnota and Rafael Ferreira (Dupla Mão na Roda), Kateryna Klishna, Andrew Nolo, Craig Monley, Sirani Argaet, Craig Monley and Jarryd Byrne (The Ballroom Dancers)

Box Office RecordsEdit

In 2014, it was one of the highest-grossing productions on Broadway at the Marriott Marquis Theatre.[12]

In 2015, it was the sixth highest grossing show on Broadway, recouping its costs while breaking the existing house record at the Neil Simon Theatre.

In 2016, it was the first show to exceed one million GBP in one week at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.[13]

Live MusicEdit

Until 2016, live music was performed by “Z” (formally known as Mulatto), best known as the live band for hip hop icon Nas. Z is originally from Long Beach, CA.[14]

TV AppearancesEdit

  • America's Got Talent — aired September 2, 2015—Five of the show's seven conjurors appeared on the show.[15]
  • NBC Hour Long TV Special — aired December 9, 2015 – The Illusionists brought their show to NBC for the holidays. This television special was filmed earlier in the year during a prior national tour stop at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.[16]
  • NBC’s Today – aired December 22, 2015 – Jeff Hobson and Adam Trent performed during the 8:30am half-hour.[17]
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show – aired March 14, 2016 – Adam Trent performed two illusions in studio including a trick using a blender and guest DJ’s Stephen "tWitch" Boss' iPhone.[18] In another illusion, audience members were chosen at random to pick a lottery number at random. The resulting group of numbers matched those listed on a Powerball ticket allegedly purchased by Trent months prior.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scheck, Frank "’The Illusionists — Live on Broadway': Theater Review", The Hollywood Reporter”, 22 November 2015.
  2. ^ Seymour, Lee “'The Illusionists' Work Their Magic On Broadway's Economy”, “Forbes”, 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ https://variety.com/2018/film/news/now-you-see-me-magic-show-tour-1202834407/
  4. ^ Writer, Staff “Todo un aquelarre de magos llenará las noches bogotanas”, Publimetro, 17 Agosto 2012.
  5. ^ Wenley, James “REVIEW: The Illusionists (The Civic)”, Theatre Scenes, 25 May 2013.
  6. ^ Ahmed, Afshan “The Illusionists come to Dubai: Seven is the magic number”, The National, 25 August 2013.
  7. ^ Stickler, Jon “The Illusionists Announce Autumn UK Tour & Tickets”, Stereoboard, 9 May 2013.
  8. ^ News Desk, BWW “THE ILLUSIONISTS WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE to Make Its North American Pre-Broadway Premiere”, Broadway World, 2 September 2014.
  9. ^ Isherwood, Charles “Definitely Not Your Uncle Ned’s Parlor Tricks”, The New York Times, 4 December 2014.
  10. ^ Wenley, James “The Illusionists 2.0 Returns to Mexico”, Publimetro, 14 July 2014.
  11. ^ "The Shows". The Illusionists. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Healy, Patrick “Like Magic: ‘The Illusionists’ Recoups on Broadway”, The New York Times, 24 December 2014.
  13. ^ Hemley, Matthew “’The Illusionists’ breaks box office records at the Shaftesbury Theatre”, “The Stage”, 11 January 2016.
  14. ^ Yates, Sienna “Magic doesn't suck anymore – honest”, Stuff, 9 May 2013.
  15. ^ Viagas, Robert and Hetrick, Adam “The Illusionists Wow ‘America's Got Talent’ Tonight En Route to Broadway”, Playbill, 1 September 2015.
  16. ^ Schneider, Michael “First Look: NBC's The Illusionists Bring Their Broadway Show to Primetime (VIDEO)”, TV Insider, 9 December 2015.
  17. ^ Gans, Andrew “The Illusionists Will Perform on NBC's ‘Today’”, Playbill, 21 December 2015.
  18. ^ “An Incredible iPhone Illusion”, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 14 March 2016.
  19. ^ “Exclusive! A Lottery-Winning Illusion”, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 14 March 2016.

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