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The Illusionists

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Performance Times
Mon - - 19:00
Tue - - -
Wed - - 19:00
Thu - 14:30 19:00
Fri - - 19:00
Sat 11:00 14:30 19:00
Sun - 14:00 18:00
The Illusionists description

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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The Illusionists reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 281 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
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Recommended for:

Anyone (82%)
Families (94%)
Teenagers (88%)
Couples (88%)
Theatregoers (85%)
Latest customer reviews
Jill
Amazing!

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 , Scunthorpe, United Kingdom

Sharla
Mind blowing

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 , Wichita Falls, United Kingdom

Katina
A show of ingenuity; so addicted you can watch it over and over again.

Reviewed on 04 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Melody
Awesome

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 , Swindon, United Kingdom

Joanne
Fantastic Show

Best ever

Reviewed on 02 September 2019 by , Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

Sandy
A show that makes you think and question

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 , Feltham, United Kingdom

Alejandro
Great Show!

Reviewed on 01 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

CACHEUX

Mind blowing

Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Fritz
Brilliant and exciting !!

The Illusionists are a must see in London !!!

Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by , Langenzersdorf, Austria

Helen

Incredible.All acts were outstanding. Truly amazing.

Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Jade
Fantastic show! Full of comedy fun and wicked magic!

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 , London, United Kingdom

Andrea
Amazing in so many ways

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 , Buchen (odenwald), Germany

Michael
Unmissable!

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 , Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Vicky
Amazing

Absolutely amazing, brilliant, funny, shocking, a must see!!!

Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by , Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

liam
One of the best show Ive ever seen

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 , Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Saief
Who doesn't love magic!

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 , Cardiff, United Kingdom

Chinh
Fantastic family entertainment

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 , London, United Kingdom

Janet
A must see !

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 , Kettering, United Kingdom

Aiste
A must see - no seriously!

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 , Essex, United Kingdom

Karen
Fantastic, funny and mind blowing show!

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 , Romford, United Kingdom

Charlotte
Very interactive and mind blowing!

Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by , London, France

Steven
Birthday treat

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 , Ashford, United Kingdom

sonia
Fantastic

Really good to see these guys perform, How they do it is beyond me! Absolutely brilliant.

Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by , West Wickham, United Kingdom

Nicola
Brilliant day!

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 , Croydon, United Kingdom

Shyamasree
Must see !

Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by , Camberley, United Kingdom

Samantha
Spectacular

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 , Watford, United Kingdom

Silvia
Funny&clever

Perfect for a fun night out, birthday treat or any occasion!

Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by , West Molesey, United Kingdom

Edward
Enjoyable Experience

Enjoyable experience Funny Intriguing

Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by , Gravesend, United Kingdom

patrica
Fantastic

Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by , Ilford, United Kingdom

Csenge
Must see for magic fans!

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 , London, United Kingdom

Dimitris
This was incredible

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 , Bromley, United Kingdom

Yordan
Magical show

Reviewed on 28 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

zainab
Brilliant !

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 , Ruislip, United Kingdom

David
Must see for all the family

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 , Maidstone, United Kingdom

Gabriel
Good night out!

Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by , Gwelup, Australia

Kirstie
Keeps you entertained from start to end

Go & see this show. You won't be disappointed.

Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by , Ascot, United Kingdom

Berkeley

A very enjoyable show with a good variety of close up magic, large scale illusions and family comedy

Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by , Esher, United Kingdom

Chris
Spectacular, funny and awe inspiring

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 , Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom

jade
Amazing

Reviewed on 26 August 2019 by , Rochester, United Kingdom

Victoria
Don’t waste your money...

Waste of money! Horrendous!

Reviewed on 25 August 2019 by , Maidstone, United Kingdom

Julie Marie
A mind-blowing show!

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by , Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Aida
Spectacular!!

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 , Surbiton, United Kingdom

Ian
Good fun

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by , Newhaven, United Kingdom

Lisa
Must See Magic

A mesmerising must see show! Would highly recommend seeing it.

Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by , Surrey, United Kingdom

Tracey
Amazing and mind blowing

Such a fun show to take your children to if they love magic.

Reviewed on 23 August 2019 by , Sidcup, United Kingdom

Paul
SPEECHLESS

This was an amazing night full of all kinds of emotion. Can’t recommend this show enough.

Reviewed on 22 August 2019 by , Cullybackey, United Kingdom

Ritu
Once in a life time

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 , High Wycombe, United Kingdom

Joe

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 , London, United Kingdom

Amira
Intriguing

Reviewed on 22 August 2019 by , Epsom, United Kingdom

KAY
Sit back and be amazed

Reviewed on 20 August 2019 by , Welwyn, United Kingdom

Andrew
Magic

Reviewed on 20 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Helen
It's a kind of magic

Very entertaining with good mix of acts. Some scenes are not, however, suitable for younger children.

Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom

steve
a magical night

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 , Woolwich, United Kingdom

Becky
Brilliant definitely go and see!

Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by , Norwich, United Kingdom

Katja
Absolutely brilliant! Definitely a must see!!

Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by , Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Nuria
Awesome!!

Reviewed on 19 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Sharna
Would definitely recommend

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 , London, United Kingdom

Paul
Not good

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 , Romford, United Kingdom

Rebecca
Amazing

Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by , Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Julie
OMG ziti was absolutely fantastic every single one of them were absolutely brilliant

Because it was so phenomenal Ove never seen anything like it fantastic

Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by , Canvey Island, United Kingdom

William
Poor imitation

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 , London, United Kingdom

DELPHINE
À voir !!!!

Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by , Porto Vecchio, France

Bernard
What a Show!

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 , Burley-in-wharfedale, United Kingdom

Kim
Amazing

Reviewed on 15 August 2019 by , Chatteris, United Kingdom

Hing Joon
magical!!

Reviewed on 15 August 2019 by , Rueyres Treyfayes, Switzerland

Barry
Amazing

What a great show. Amazing talent, very funny and good for all age groups.

Reviewed on 14 August 2019 by , Dartford, United Kingdom

Corinne
Fantastic afternoon's entertainment, suitable for all.

Reviewed on 14 August 2019 by , Harrow, United Kingdom

Christine
Quite magical

Very good show with a wide appeal for everyone

Reviewed on 13 August 2019 by , Hastings, United Kingdom

Helen
Lively, non-stop entertainment

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 , Rookley, United Kingdom

Govert
Must see

Great show with different kinds of amusement. Paul Dabek is hilarious

Reviewed on 13 August 2019 by , Herten, Netherlands

Malcolm
Amazing show

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 , Newark, United Kingdom

Tracey
Hilarious

Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by , Farnborough, United Kingdom

Steven
Three Hours of Great Entertainment

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 , High Barnet, United Kingdom

Laura
Entertaining and captivating

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 , Diego Martin, Trinidad And Tobago

eleanor
Mind blowing

Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by , Maidstone, United Kingdom

Savannah
Truly magical

The show was magical and good for kids

Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Robert
Good magic show

Good show and the Korean magician was amazing best slight of hand I have ever seen. Good entertainment.

Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by , Ipswich, United Kingdom

EMIL
Excellent magic show

Reviewed on 12 August 2019 by , Barton Seagrave, United Kingdom

Karen
Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish

Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by , Leigh-on-sea, United Kingdom

katie
something for everyone. very comical, daring, exciting, brilliant showman ship

My children and myself loved it, highly recommend for all age groups. Fantastic show

Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by , Hatfield, United Kingdom

Robert
Many Impossible moments but seeing is believing

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 , West Drayton, United Kingdom

Tracey
Great entertainment

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 , Louth, United Kingdom

Gavin
Wow

Excellent show. Thrilling. Entertaining. Funny.

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by , Sidcup, United Kingdom

Havard
Great show!

Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by , Stavanger, Norway

Tina
Amazing Magic

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 , East Grinstead, United Kingdom

Suzzanne
It was awesome. me and my friend were in awe

Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by , Twickenham, United Kingdom

Adrian
Entertaining

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Reviewed on 08 August 2019 by , Quarry Bank,brierley Hill, United Kingdom

Simon
Fantastic

Reviewed on 07 August 2019 by , Nr.kingsbury, United Kingdom

Emma
Fantastic magicians

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 , Amersham, United Kingdom

Alistair
Amazing conjuring and daredevil magic acts

Reviewed on 06 August 2019 by , Bruton, United Kingdom

Bryan
Magical!!!

Amazing and entertaining show!! Great magic and illusions! Very funny on parts too!! Must see

Reviewed on 06 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Maebh
Inspiring Illusions

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 , Rathfarnham, United Kingdom

Brian
Great entertainment for all the family

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 , Carlow, Ireland

Martin

AMAZING

Reviewed on 05 August 2019 by , Winsford, United Kingdom

Stephanie
A must see show

Great show. Appeals to all. Great atmosphere

Reviewed on 05 August 2019 by , Vauxhall, United Kingdom

Catriona

An absolutely amazing show, a must see.

Reviewed on 05 August 2019 by , Hayes, United Kingdom

Rafael
Spectacular

Very entertaining, even my 5 yrs old got involved from beginning to end.

Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Agnes
Great entertainment

Was a great show Some great jokes But it was for families and kids mainly

Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by , Stevenage, United Kingdom

inder
absolutely magical. wow!

very entertaining 2 hours just flew by!

Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by , Isleworth, United Kingdom

Aryan
Mind-boggling!

Pure enjoyment. Full of laughs, gasps, shock and fear, all in one show!

Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by , Kent, United Kingdom

20 Nov
2015
Phil Willmott

Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS at the Shaftesbury Theatre

by Phil Willmott | Friday, November 20 2015, 15:27

The Illusionists 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
23 Jun
2015
Oliver Mitford

The Illusionists comes to the West End

by Oliver Mitford | Tuesday, June 23 2015, 09:56

The Illusionists 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