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Returning to where it all began, the masters of misdirection and the mistresses of mayhem are back to thrill, excite and entertain Sydney audiences this holiday season.

The Illusionists debuted at the Sydney Opera House in 2012 and this brand new production, Direct from Broadway, is nothing short of jaw-droppingly spectacular.

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The Illusionists: Direct from Broadway at the Sydney Opera House (Photo by Mark Turner)

It’s difficult to review a magic show without revealing the surprises, so I’ll try and keep this spoiler-free.

What honestly surprised and entertained me most about the show, aside from the incredible close-up magic and death-defying stunts, was how darn funny the show was!

The audience joy is genuine, palpable and contagious as The Trickster, Showman, Mentalist, Conjuress, Daredevil, Inventor and Manipulator give a master class in magic, illusion, mind tricks and comedy.

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The Illusionists: Direct from Broadway at the Sydney Opera House (Photo by Mark Turner)

Each performer is extremely accomplished in their individual area of performance speciality, but the combination of being able to see them all on one stage together is unique and an experience not to miss.

The Trickster, Jeff Hobson, and The Inventor, Kevin James, were part of the inaugural Illusionists performance team in 2012 and will be retiring from the show after this run. So aside from the show being hands down just a super amazing fun night, this maybe one of your last opportunities to see two masters of their craft.

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The Illusionists: Direct from Broadway at the Sydney Opera House (Photo by Mark Turner)

The audience for opening night included all ranges, confirming that this is the perfect show for school holiday entertainment, especially if you are a magic fan.

I found myself often sitting forward in my seat trying to figure out how the magic worked, but then realised that simply wasn’t going to happen, so I sat back and completely enjoyed the illusions unfolding in front of me.

 

THE ILLUSIONISTS: DIRECT FROM BROADWAY – SYDNEY SEASON DETAILS: 

WHEN: Playing now until 29 December 2018
PERFORMANCE TIMES: 3pm & 7pm every day, except 1pm only on 24/12, additional 11am shows on 27/12 and 28/12, no show on Christmas Day
WHERE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
PRICES: Adults from $59, children from $39
TICKETS: sydneyoperahouse.com or (02) 9250 7777 

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