The Illusionists20 Sydney Opera House

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THE ILLUSIONISTS.2.0 - Sydney Opera House

Date: 12th January 2014

Although it was very sad that one of their number had fallen to his death, the show went on as it always does in best theatrical tradition. There were varied 'Illusionists' ranging from a young Chinese man who recently won the coveted title of The Best, at the Convention of Magicians, to a Warrior dressed in faux Chinese gear. The production relied heavily on lights, sexy dancers and very loud music and a bit of 3D. It was an interesting show but Jonathan and I worked out roughly 50% of how they did it and if you took away the razzmatazz the acts were mostly the kind of 'tricks' which have been around for generations. In my opinion the Chinese guy with the cards was the least fathomable - where on earth he 'hid' the innumerable packs of cards about his person was incredible. We were all impressed with The Warrior but are fairly sure we know how he did his 'William Tell' Act.

An enjoyable show but not worth the $125.

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