The Illusionists – Bord Gais Energy Theatre – Review
14 Mar 2017 – 19 Mar 2017
Welcome to the world of Illusion! This is a collection of seven magicians that perform a magical variety act, and despite there being seven of them, there’s not a Sneezy or Dopey in sight! The Master Magician (Luis De Matos) holds the group together and acts as ringmaster introducing the other performers.
This show has done remarkably well since its inception and there are already several groups of magicians touring under the name of the Illusionists. This group has a nicely European flavour to them, and will challenge the Euro sceptics amongst us. The performers each have their own area of expertise, from card sharks to escapologists and levitation experts. There’s also one guy that is just pretty tasty with a crossbow (is that really magic?). Strangely, there are no rabbits being pulled out of hats, although there are a lot of goldfish!
The stage is covered in swirling spotlights, steel and sporadic bouts of smoke. The clothing does tend toward black and there are a number of dancers who dress like extras from Mad Max doing cartwheels and handstands, but it is no more than we would expect. There are a number of screens on stage that allow you close up views on the slight of hand the magicians perform. There is also a four piece band, with electric guitar taking the lead.
Really, the magic is nothing you haven’t seen before. I’m not sure there have been any huge innovations in magic in recent years (correct me if I’m wrong), and a quick google and you could probably figure out how most of the tricks are done, if you were so inclined. Having said that, there are a few illusions that will have you mystified, wondering quite how what you saw was possible. The nice thing about this show is that it mixes the styles up. There are the deadly serious, po-faced performers who are quickly followed by those that are little more than comedians with a magical slant. This mixed bag approach keeps it interesting. This show is very much aimed at the full family and is a safe and fun option for those looking for an entertaining evening.