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Seven magicians to star in 'The Illusionists'


11-28-2014 01:49 BJT

The glitz and glamor of New York's Broadway theater district might have to make room for some newcomers on the block. A group of magicians are looking perform in the area famed song and dances.

A group of magicians are looking to trade in the area

A group of magicians are looking to trade in the area's famed song and dances, for some illusions and tricks.

One of them grew up idolizing Harry Houdini; the other worshiped David Copperfield. Italy's star escape artist Andrew Basso and American Adam Trent, whose tricks focus on technology, are two of the seven magicians set to play Broadway this winter in the show The Illusionists.

The rest of the lineup includes Belgium's weapon specialist Aaron Crow, magician Jeff Hobson, illusionist and America's Got Talent veteran Kevin James, macabre specialist Dan Sperry and Yu Ho-Jin, a Korean who just won the title of Magician of the Year.

The goal is to do with magic what Cirque du Soleil did with circus: omit dated performance features, such as lions and sequins, and make it adult, modern, sophisticated fun. The show has a throbbing rock beat and intelligent pacing.

A few years ago, Basso was shackled in an explosive-rigged wooden coffin and had 60 seconds to escape before a speeding car crashed the coffin.

In the show, Basso will recreate Houdini's famous Water Torture Cell; he will be put face-first into a tank of water with his feet manacled. This time, though, there will be no covers on the tank to hide any tricks.

Midtown Mahanhattan, where the Illusionist will be perfomed, has long been known for hosting the country's greatest musicals and plays. But now this team of magicians is looking to bring a new show to town, where songs, plays and dances will be replaced with illusions, magic, and death-defying escapes.

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