MEET THE MAGIC TEAM READY FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE
Meet the team behind magic and illusion show
Whether performing death-defying stunts or baffling illusions and tricks, there’s no doubt that the talented stars of the Impossible show are magic.
The show hits town tonight for a five-day stay at Dubai Opera following a ground-breaking run in London’s West End.
From Jonathan Goodwin’s daring escapes and precision with knives, through to the hardcore illusions of Josephine Lee and Sabine Van Diemen, there’s plenty of thrills to keep the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Then there’s the more left-field offerings - the hip hop crossover of Magical Bones and the comedic mind reading of Chris Cox. All-rounder Ben Hart has an air of the ringmaster about him when we met ahead of tonight’s show. A TV star in his own right and a regular on BBC show Now You See It, Ben tried to explain the appeal of the magic spectacular. He said: “Call it close up magic, call it what you like, but that’s what people tend to go mad for. When you watch magic on TV, well that’s the worst place to see it because it means nothing. There’s the lighting and the special effects and intellectually, you sense that you have been tricked because of all this stuff is in the magician’s favour. But with this show, there is nowhere to hide and the trick is down to the magician alone. So we tend to try and bring that tone of magic in this show, to crowds of 2,000 a night, which is a challenge but we do it and the show manages to feel intimate.” Bones has a very different take on things. A former professional breakdancer, the B-Boy describes his act as ‘street magician’. Expect a mixture of backflips, dance moves and magic tricks. He says: “I took up magic as a hobby when I was younger. But I started getting into it more and more and then started blending them into the dance and the music, and it has come from there really.” Bones cites the late Michael Jackson as his inspiration, explaining: “He was the greatest entertainer of all time and I always aspire to achieve the levels of entertainment he brought onstage - I look at it as one big performance piece.”
While the audience will be blown away by the slick tricks, magic moves and daring illusion on show, they could find themselves playing a part themselves when mind reader Cox comes into play. He’s already read the minds of boy band One Direction, at a music awards night. Look out, it could be you next up.
He says: “I don’t look for likely candidates. Because people think it might be a set up, I throw a cuddly toy around and whoever catches it joins me, and I try and read their mind. But really I’m a mind reader who can’t reads minds so I use a load of techniques to control minds and let the audience control me with their minds.”
WATCH Ben Hart’s on the spot, prop-free magic trick at 7DAYS.ae, Impossible runs from tonight until Friday at Dubai Opera, check dubaiopera.com for details
STARDUST: Ben Hart and Magical Bones have two very different acts