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Topic: The Illusionists
Message: Posted by: rtgreen (Jan 17, 2020 11:02AM)
Who has seen the show, The Illusionists? I am curious about how they structure their show. Do they each do a single full set or do they alternate doing routines? Also, is there a story arc that plays out through the course of the show? I am working on a show that uses multiple magicians (nothing on the scale of their show :) ) and I am just brainstorming ideas on how to structure it. Thanks!
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Jan 18, 2020 06:42AM)
I haven't seen the lastest show but did see it in New York a few years ago. That show was not programmed into one theme as each performer came out and did a set. After the intermission, they came back and each did another set.
Message: Posted by: thomasR (Jan 18, 2020 08:14PM)
Thatís how Iíve seen other group shows work. Each performer does a set in each half of the show. Each performer has a specialty... grand illusion, escape, comedy, sleight of hand, and shock magic for example.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jan 20, 2020 10:46AM)
Most often, there is an M.C. who introduces the acts, and fills in time if the performer cannot be ready on schedule.If you have never been to an IBM or SAM magic convention, with the evening show different magic acts, I encourage to you to attend one. It is usually the best live magic show you will ever see.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Jan 20, 2020 04:56PM)
Specifically concerning the illusionist show, if I remember correctly and I could be wrong, there was no MC. Each performer knew when he was expected and just came on stage to perform. This isn't like any other magic show and definitely not like the shows at IBM or SAM.
Message: Posted by: SoCalPro (Mar 11, 2020 12:28PM)
[quote]On Jan 20, 2020, Dave Scribner wrote:
Specifically concerning the illusionist show, if I remember correctly and I could be wrong, there was no MC. Each performer knew when he was expected and just came on stage to perform. This isn't like any other magic show and definitely not like the shows at IBM or SAM. [/quote]

When we saw them in Riverside California last year, Jeff Hobson was the MC and each act was a specialty act who did their time. Other than the mentalist (who bored me silly) it was a GREAT show!!!
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Mar 17, 2020 08:05PM)
There have been several complete review on the magic magazines like Vanish and Genii Magazine, with full color photos of the performers on stage. One photo showed Jeff Hobson and another magician on stage.

I am sure, being they have presented this show in just about every country in the world, the language barrier that forces them to change they way acts are presented to the audience.

I would contact Jeff, but he is just to busy with his new theater, I hate to bother him with such questions.
Message: Posted by: unfunny (Sep 23, 2020 02:32PM)
Iíve seen a couple of iterations, and generally, they come out a few different times with different bits. I will say, I was kind of disappointed with the most recent tour I saw. For a large theatre show, with prices to match, there were very few grand illusions. If the audience has to watch 75% of the tricks on a video screen, itís probably better as a parlour show. The previous ones have been solid.