MEET THE MAGIC TEAM READY FOR THE IM­POS­SI­BLE

Meet the team be­hind magic and il­lu­sion show

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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

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