Has to be seen but hard to be­lieve what hap­pens in show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya Macnaughton

THE Il­lu­sion­ists – Di­rect from Broad­way is not just any com­mon 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 New York Jewish co­me­dian Har­ri­son Green­baum, aka The Trick­ster, who worked a slow burn and had peo­ple in un­con­trol­lable fits of laughter by the end of the evening.

The De­cep­tion­ist James Moore, from the UK, as­tounded while spin­ning on a large spike and The Ma­nip­u­la­tor, Al Halim from South Korea, showed his supreme 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, is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the cast and showed his ap­ti­tude in ven­tril­o­quism with hi­lar­i­ous re­sults.

The In­ven­tor Kevin James mar­velled with his il­lu­sion of bring­ing Char­lie Chap­lin to life and re­vealed the beauty in a mes­meris­ing tis­sue paper trick.

Bri­tish-born es­cape artist Jonathan Good­win, The Dare­devil, chan­nelled his in­ner Harry Hou­dini while set­ting the au­di­ence’s pulses rac­ing per­form­ing his es­cape from a strait­jacket with a fiery twist and demon­strat­ing his abil­ity with a cross­bow.

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, who ad­mit­ted to look­ing more like the evil twin of Neil Pa­trick Har­ris, com­plete with sleeve tat­too, had the au­di­ence spell­bound with his pow­ers of de­duc­tion.

For those who have seen The Il­lu­sion­ists in Perth last year, there are some re­turn­ing cast mem­bers, but whether it is your in­tro­duc­tion to the show or a re­turn visit, it will leave you cap­ti­vated and ques­tion­ing the im­pos­si­ble. Show­ing at Crown The­atre Perth un­til July 2.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d470654

The Ma­nip­u­la­tor, Al Halim from Korea.

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