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The Illusionists – The story
The West End version of this legendary show stars a bunch of unforgettable magicians who collaborate to deliver an extraordinary fast-paced performance, packed with breathtaking magic tricks and death-defying stunts, mind-reading, illusions and sleight of hand. It's genuinely mesmerising whatever your age.
Britain's Got Talent runner-up Jamie Raven's audition for the TV show has been seen by more than ten million of us on YouTube. And the final saw 13 million of us glued to our tellies. Now's your chance to see him for real on stage.
The Escapologist, also known as Andrew Basso, hails from Italy and he's a world class escape artist. As you'd expect, Houdini is his biggest hero... and it shows. He's the only magician to perform the great man's famous Water Torture Cell escape the way Houdini did it, an incredible feat.
The Inventor, in 'real life' called Kevin James, is famed for his remarkable illusions and he's also a very funny man. In fact he's one of the magic world's most prolific innovators, responsible for some of this century's most mind-bending magical illusions.
The Deductionist, AKA Colin Cloud, is known as a 'forensic mind reader', and if you think he has a lot of Sherlock Holmes about him, you're not the only one. His wild blend of mind magic and brain science leaves you convinced it's all real, which could make him a very dangerous person indeed... if he ever went over to the dark side. Luckily he's a thoroughly nice man!
The Warrior, the wonderful Ben Blaque, is a dyed-in-the-wool showman, a master of archery who dazzles crowds wherever he goes with his brilliant and unique stage performance, spiced with risk.
If you're looking for a festive season treat late this year, this is the perfect Christmas show for anyone, whatever their age. Kids never forget it, grown ups can't believe their eyes, audiences all over the world have been spellbound by this fantastic stage classic designed to thrill, bemuse, amuse, amaze and more.
How do they do that? You'll never find out. You'll remain baffled and ever so slightly creeped out for the rest of your life. Quite simply remarkable... whatever you do don't miss it!
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Recommended for:Anyone (82%)
The show was mind blowing. We loved it and had a great view (majority of the show). My only niggle was the cameraman who stood right in front of our seats for the first part, he did move across the stage afterwards but if he could position himself accordingly and always bare the audience in mind. Nobody wants to pay for tickets to see the back of someones head and have an intrusive camera blocking their view. Having said that, the show was fantastic, thoroughly enjoyable and I would recommend.
Reviewed on 26 September 2019 by Jill, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
This was our first trip to London. This show was truly amazing! My husband & I were lucky enough to be in the show. We are from Texas and how they knew about us was shocking. It is was so exciting and we still cant figure out how they knew what they did about us.
Reviewed on 24 September 2019 by Sharla, Wichita Falls, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 September 2019 by Katina, London, United Kingdom
This show is a must see. Fabulous in every way and you will be speechless as to how they do what they do
Reviewed on 03 September 2019 by Melody, Swindon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 September 2019 by Joanne, Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Came out of this show trying to piece together what we saw, looking for the hows and answers to some of these fantastic illusion tricks. Great show and some very excellent acts.
Reviewed on 02 September 2019 by Sandy, Feltham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 September 2019 by Alejandro, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Cacheux, London, United Kingdom
The Illusionists are a must see in London !!!
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Fritz, Langenzersdorf, Austria
Incredible.All acts were outstanding. Truly amazing.
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Helen, London, United Kingdom
I LOVED the show! The magicians were all on point and brilliant at what they do. Must see show for sure! 😁
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Jade, London, United Kingdom
Stunning magic tricks and very entertaining showpeople. Only downside was the volume : a little less loud would have been even nicer.
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Andrea, Buchen (odenwald), Germany
7 charismatic (gorgeous) talented magicians dazzle, astound & mesmerise! A truly amazing show with such humour & mind boggling illusions. We ABSOLUTELY loved it!
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Michael, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Absolutely amazing, brilliant, funny, shocking, a must see!!!
Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by Vicky, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
The show was amazing and would highly recommend it - funny, your on the edge of your seat, spectacular. A must for the whole family
Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by Liam, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
7 very different but thoroughly entertaining magicians each with their own unique style. The compere was a riot and had the audience in stitches. Each act was fantastic, very polished and slick and with a wow factor. Really enjoyed it and would recommend anyone to go and see it.
Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by Saief, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed how unique the show was, getting the audience to participate made the show unpredictable and more fun. My son and husband also really enjoyed the show, it was more entertaining than we were expecting.
Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by Chinh, London, United Kingdom
This show was one of the best I’ve seen. Having travelled from Northamptonshire the train fare ,plus tickets etc make for an expensive evening out- but some of the best money we have spent. The show was exciting, confusing and so funny I had tears running down my face. Well done everyone.
Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by Janet, Kettering, United Kingdom
Magic is undeniably the best thing ever, so to be in a room full of some of the worlds most incredible illusionists was naturally going to be mind blowing. This exceeded our expectations! We booked Royal Circle, Row F seats 15 & 16 and they were fantastic bird eye view- no obstruction. There was danger, manipulation, creativity, thought provoking acts and definitely hilarious - the whole show was just simply magical! We became part of the act with “the mentalist” Chris Cox reading our minds - I’ve followed magic, Magicians and always been fascinated and surprised but this surpassed my expectations and will definitely be keeping my eyes and ears and mind peeled for a return! Thank you for making me feel mind boggled and truly you can’t put a price on a show like this!
Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by Aiste, Essex, United Kingdom
Loved this show. The comedy in it was worth the watch let alone the magic too. A lot of great performances. Had us laughing a lot too :) also can not fault the staff for helping me collect tickets while I went to the nearest toilet being half way through my pregnancy. Very helpful so thank you!
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Karen, Romford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Charlotte, London, France
The show was fantastic from start to finish. It far surpassed our expectations. The way all of the cast treated the audience and engaged us was second to none. I defy any body not to enjoy this 5 star show.
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Steven, Ashford, United Kingdom
Really good to see these guys perform, How they do it is beyond me! Absolutely brilliant.
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Sonia, West Wickham, United Kingdom
Honestly each magician was so engaging and all had skills to really thrill and entertain you! Me and hubby was quite surprised how much we enjoyed and laughed a lot as well as nail biting! Seats were amaaaaaazing just right- enough to feel involved but not being picked to come up on stage lol
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Nicola, Croydon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Shyamasree, Camberley, United Kingdom
Fantastic show, well presented and a decent amount of time for each act. Best theatre show I’ve seen in London!
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Samantha, Watford, United Kingdom
Perfect for a fun night out, birthday treat or any occasion!
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Silvia, West Molesey, United Kingdom
Enjoyable experience Funny Intriguing
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Edward, Gravesend, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Patrica, Ilford, United Kingdom
Everything ran smoothly from start to finish, i liked every part of it. We got there earlier to get the tickets in case of big cues but it was very quick, very organised team! The show was amazing, waaaaay better than I expected. You still have a few days to watch it London people so buy your tickets!!!
Reviewed on 28 August 2019 by Csenge, London, United Kingdom
All of the acts were fantastic and most of the tricks were buffling and perfectly executed! The mentalist was insanely good!
Reviewed on 28 August 2019 by Dimitris, Bromley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 August 2019 by Yordan, London, United Kingdom
What a brilliant show would happily go again everyone was amazing and the tricks were out of this world.
Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by Zainab, Ruislip, United Kingdom
Great show for all the family, the magic on show is amazing. The illusionist really get the audience involved, including younger children. The show has comedy, mystery and great stories that keep you there with them on stage.
Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by David, Maidstone, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by Gabriel, Gwelup, Australia
Go & see this show. You won't be disappointed.
Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by Kirstie, Ascot, United Kingdom
A very enjoyable show with a good variety of close up magic, large scale illusions and family comedy
Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by Berkeley, Esher, United Kingdom
My wife & I had the stalls 3rd row back, just off to one side. We had a fantastic view of the whole performance and were able to see most details. I was a hilarious and mesmerising show. We only wish it could have gone on longer!
Reviewed on 26 August 2019 by Chris, Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 August 2019 by Jade, Rochester, United Kingdom
Waste of money! Horrendous!
Reviewed on 25 August 2019 by Victoria, Maidstone, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Julie Marie, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
An enjoyable show for the whole family. Keeps you guessing about how they did it all. Would definitely recommend checking it out.
Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Aida, Surbiton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Ian, Newhaven, United Kingdom
A mesmerising must see show! Would highly recommend seeing it.
Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by Lisa, Surrey, United Kingdom
Such a fun show to take your children to if they love magic.
Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by Tracey, Sidcup, United Kingdom
This was an amazing night full of all kinds of emotion. Can’t recommend this show enough.
Reviewed on 22 August 2019 by Paul, Cullybackey, United Kingdom
Edge of seats stuff, jaw dropping. I haven’t been entertained like that for a long time. Time flies. Would highly recommend. All the reviews are true!
Reviewed on 22 August 2019 by Ritu, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Thought the show was an absolute rip off for what it included. There was hardly any magic and cheap comedy at best. The South Korean was very good though.
Reviewed on 22 August 2019 by Joe, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 August 2019 by Amira, Epsom, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 August 2019 by Kay, Welwyn, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 August 2019 by Andrew, London, United Kingdom
Very entertaining with good mix of acts. Some scenes are not, however, suitable for younger children.
Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by Helen, Cambridge, United Kingdom
a brilliant show, this is a must see for anyone, families, couples and singletons, its funny and magical in all the right proportions. steve, woolwich.
Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by Steve, Woolwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by Becky, Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by Katja, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by Nuria, London, United Kingdom
Amazing magic tricks Very funny Very creative High quality stage production and lighting I like that the show involves the audience The show is filmed using cameras so the whole audience can see. Could offer more choice of merchandise Some acts already shown on Britains Got Talent
Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by Sharna, London, United Kingdom
Very disappointed with all the so called magic tricks. The show put a real bad buzz on the day we were supposed to stay up London that evening but came home and got a Chinese take away the highlight of the day.Could have spent the £150 for the tickets on watching paint dry instead. POOR
Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by Paul, Romford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by Rebecca, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Because it was so phenomenal Ove never seen anything like it fantastic
Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by Julie, Canvey Island, United Kingdom
This version of the show compared poorly with the LA one. Some of the stunts, particularly the escape from the sandbox, were up to standard, but the mentalist defied belief and was an insult to our intelligence.
Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by William, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by Delphine, Porto Vecchio, France
The acts were all first rate and complemented each other so well. I came with high expectations and was surprised that certain bits exceeded them. I highly recommend this show to anyone who loves magic.
Reviewed on 15 August 2019 by Bernard, Burley-in-wharfedale, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 August 2019 by Kim, Chatteris, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 August 2019 by Hing Joon, Rueyres Treyfayes, Switzerland
What a great show. Amazing talent, very funny and good for all age groups.
Reviewed on 14 August 2019 by Barry, Dartford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 August 2019 by Corinne, Harrow, United Kingdom
Very good show with a wide appeal for everyone
Reviewed on 13 August 2019 by Christine, Hastings, United Kingdom
A great show for all ages. A cast of mixed characters , displaying different talents and varied illusions, who all engaged really well with the audience. Slick and professional, the show time seemed to go very quickly. A good evenings entertainment.
Reviewed on 13 August 2019 by Helen, Rookley, United Kingdom
Great show with different kinds of amusement. Paul Dabek is hilarious
Reviewed on 13 August 2019 by Govert, Herten, Netherlands
Right from the start the show was amazing with a full spectrum of magical entertainment, the interaction with the audience throughout created a connection between the watcher and performer, the show flowed very well.
Reviewed on 13 August 2019 by Malcolm, Newark, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by Tracey, Farnborough, United Kingdom
Our whole family came to see The Illustionists, ages 10 to 70 and everybody had a great time. Between the laughs and amazing magic there were moments of emotion. For a family day out I wouldn't reccommend better!
Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by Steven, High Barnet, United Kingdom
This show was better than we expected. We took our two grumpy teenagers and we all enjoyed it thoroughly. The acts and tricks were pretty darn cool and the host was funny and many of the acts interacted with the audience. A must see!
Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by Laura, Diego Martin, Trinidad And Tobago
Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by Eleanor, Maidstone, United Kingdom
The show was magical and good for kids
Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by Savannah, London, United Kingdom
Good show and the Korean magician was amazing best slight of hand I have ever seen. Good entertainment.
Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by Robert, Ipswich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by Emil, Barton Seagrave, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by Karen, Leigh-on-sea, United Kingdom
My children and myself loved it, highly recommend for all age groups. Fantastic show
Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by Katie, Hatfield, United Kingdom
This is a great magic show which appeals to all ages. Within the illusion genre it has a lot of variety from card tricks to escapology. It;s a family show and is fine for children from about 5 upwards. It's fun has audience participation and lasts about 90 minutes. A good exciting show that makes you feel elated, Thoroughly recommended.
Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by Robert, West Drayton, United Kingdom
The best event I've been to. This show had everything from suspense to great comedy. All the performers were excellent.
Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Tracey, Louth, United Kingdom
Excellent show. Thrilling. Entertaining. Funny.
Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Gavin, Sidcup, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by Havard, Stavanger, Norway
Thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was good to see tricks that I hadn't seen before. Had good seats in the circle and it was good to have a screen to watch the tricks closely. Brilliant show.
Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by Tina, East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by Suzzanne, Twickenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 August 2019 by Adrian, Quarry Bank,brierley Hill, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 August 2019 by Simon, Nr.kingsbury, United Kingdom
Great show. Don’t know how they do the tricks and the show went so quickly. Great performances and brilliant production. Slick and great lighting and effects. Seats in the grand circle were great.
Reviewed on 07 August 2019 by Emma, Amersham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 August 2019 by Alistair, Bruton, United Kingdom
Amazing and entertaining show!! Great magic and illusions! Very funny on parts too!! Must see
Reviewed on 06 August 2019 by Bryan, London, United Kingdom
Had an awesome afternoon of tricks and illusions which at times left us stunned. Both my 11 year old son and I were thoroughly entertained. Great show.
Reviewed on 05 August 2019 by Maebh, Rathfarnham, United Kingdom
Excellent show from start to finish. The trickster is really entertaining. Sat in the stalls and had brilliant view.
Reviewed on 05 August 2019 by Brian, Carlow, Ireland
Reviewed on 05 August 2019 by Martin, Winsford, United Kingdom
Great show. Appeals to all. Great atmosphere
Reviewed on 05 August 2019 by Stephanie, Vauxhall, United Kingdom
An absolutely amazing show, a must see.
Reviewed on 05 August 2019 by Catriona, Hayes, United Kingdom
Very entertaining, even my 5 yrs old got involved from beginning to end.
Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by Rafael, London, United Kingdom
Was a great show Some great jokes But it was for families and kids mainly
Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by Agnes, Stevenage, United Kingdom
very entertaining 2 hours just flew by!
Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by Inder, Isleworth, United Kingdom
Pure enjoyment. Full of laughs, gasps, shock and fear, all in one show!
Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by Aryan, Kent, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Friday, November 20 2015, 15:27
After decades in the doldrums, associated unfashionably with tacky variety shows from the 1970s, stage magic is very much back in the public eye with a whole generation of sexy young magicians turning acts like Dynamo, with his slight-of-hand street/wise act, into big celebrities.
The West End currently has two major magic shows, Derren Brown's at the Palace Theatre, and The Illusionists at the Shaftesbury Theatre.Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS at the Shaftesbury Theatre
by Oliver Mitford | Tuesday, June 23 2015, 09:56
The most successful magic show in the history of Broadway is coming to London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in November this year.
The Illusionists has toured to over 17 countries and stunned audiences in 71 different cities. The ever-changing cast of seven magicians, escapologists and illusionists whose talents make up the show has now been confirmed.The Illusionists comes to the West End