North Coast Times - - LOOK LOCAL - Tanya MacNaughton

THE Il­lu­sion­ists – Di­rect from Broad­way is not just any magic show.

Its cast of seven il­lu­sion­ists from around the world make sure of that with the ad­di­tion of screens, smoke ma­chines, lights and mu­sic.

There is also a sur­pris­ing amount of hu­mour, the ma­jor­ity on open­ing night at Crown The­atre Perth com­ing from Jewish co­me­dian Har­ri­son Green­baum from New York, aka The Trick­ster, who worked a slow burn and had peo­ple in un­con­trol­lable fits of laugh­ter by the end.

The De­cep­tion­ist James Moore from the UK as­tounded while spin­ning on a large spike and The Ma­nip­u­la­tor, Al Halim from South Korea, showed his sleight of hand skills, show­er­ing the stage in play­ing cards that seem­ingly ap­peared out of thin air.

Aus­tralian rep­re­sen­ta­tive The Unusu­al­ist Ray­mond Crowe, known to Aussie au­di­ences for his What A Won­der­ful World shadow pup­petry, per­formed some hi­lar­i­ous ven­tril­o­quism

The In­ven­tor Kevin James’ il­lu­sion of bring­ing Char­lie Chap­lin to life was just mar­vel­lous.

Bri­tish-born es­cape artist Jonathan Good­win, The Dare­devil, chan­nelled his Al Halim from South Korea.­mu­ni­ d470654

in­ner Harry Hou­dini while set­ting the au­di­ence’s pulse rac­ing per­form­ing his es­cape from a strait­jacket with a fiery twist.

The high­light for this re­viewer was Scot­tish foren­sic sci­en­tist Colin Cloud, whose role as The De­duc­tion­ist was in­cred­i­ble.

Trained in crim­i­nal pro­fil­ing, the modern day Sher­lock Holmes, had the au­di­ence spell­bound with his pow­ers of de­duc­tion.

The Il­lu­sion­ists – Di­rect from Broad­way is show­ing at Crown The­atre Perth un­til July 2.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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