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The Illusionists

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4.5/5 - based on 215 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 1 September 2019
  • Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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  • Booking until: Sunday, 1 September 2019
  • Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Mon - - 19:00
Tue - - -
Wed - - 19:00
Thu - 14:30 19:00
Fri - - 19:00
Sat 11:00 14:30 19:00
Sun - - -
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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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The Illusionists reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 215 reviews

What to expect:

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Recommended for:

Anyone (81%)
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Latest customer reviews
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

Sumit
Magicomedy

The troupe/cast members took their time to rehearse their stories and their presentations. The ready (conversational) wit of Messrs Debak, Trent and Goodwin were simply inspiringly hilarious. The stage presence of each cast member, especially of Mr.Jin, reminded me of the finesse of conjurer well-versed in choreography. The use of multi-media formats to create the optical illusions, with the use of holograms, was simply mind-bogging. The artists' strong desire to engage the audience and to even emerge from the audience was quite charming. The disappearing and reappearing acts performed by Mr. Zeyne, Trent and More were simultaneously intriguing, exciting and slightly nerve-racking for some members of the audience.Mr. Goodwin's daredevil acts were enticingly intimidating for some. Overall, we can only highlight the positive aspects of this scintillating show. My only reservations and sort of slightly subdued observations surround Mr. Cox's act. Exchanging bodily fluids (if he actually drank from the same bottle that a member of the audience drank from if he really did not know the audience member) does not send a message of healthy practices. Though his act left people wondering for explanations, his presentation act needs reworking to make it more appealing to a "family" audience. Thank you for reading. Dr. S. Ghose

Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Smita
Enjoyed. Interesting and funny

Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by , Wilrijk, Belgium

Kim
Entertaining and funny but a bit boring!

The Illusionists was an entertaining and very funny show with audience participation. Unfortunately the magic let it down, especially the big illusions. Nothing like the you tube clips I’d seen so have to say we were disappointed and bit let down as we went to celebrate my sons birthday.

Reviewed on 31 July 2019 by , Romford, United Kingdom

Flavien
A joyfully moment

Reviewed on 31 July 2019 by , Bruxelles, Belgium

Robert
Absolutely brilliant

All the Illusionists had their own different style of magic which made the show so exciting. You may think you know how it was done but then there is a twist!!

Reviewed on 29 July 2019 by , Clacton On Sea, United Kingdom

Eric
Missing the mark but...

Reviewed on 29 July 2019 by , Wanchai, Hong Kong

Kjetil
Very exciting

Reviewed on 29 July 2019 by , Stranda, Norway

Jane
Amazing show

Excellent show. My nephews (11 & 14) loved it. And good air con on the hottest day of the year.

Reviewed on 29 July 2019 by , Watford, United Kingdom

chris
Truly magical

Great show full of duprises

Reviewed on 29 July 2019 by , East Cowes, United Kingdom

Clement
Magic and Joyful

Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by , Fontcoberta, Spain

Sinead
A definite must see

Absolutely brilliant show a definite must see would definitely recommend

Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by , Tilbury, United Kingdom

Kanika
Fun evening

Very entertaining show. Some of the tricks were totally mind boggling.

Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

George
Breathtaking

Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by , Toulon, France

Michael
amazing evening

We by mistake booked the wrong evening (27. instead of 26. but we got tickets in a second - perfect service, and then a perfect show!

Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by , Speicherschwendi, Switzerland

Niccolo
Magical

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by , Torino, Italy

Robert
Good show.

Good variation of magicians.

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Christine
Wonderful ! I couldn’t expect such an amazing show !

This is a must see show ! Surprising, creative, poetic, amazing artists... Fore sure, one of the best show in town !!

Reviewed on 26 July 2019 by , Rhode-saint-genese, Belgium

Tim
Good family entertainment

What started as a good set, we did think it was aimed younger children, with a few jokes for the adults. Shame the video kept stopping, we missed a few tricks. Best in the show for us was, yu Ho-Jin, fantastic job and James Moore. I would give the show 9 out of 10. Lighting too bright when directed at the audience

Reviewed on 26 July 2019 by , Dover, United Kingdom

Stuart
Great night out

A must for anyone into magic

Reviewed on 25 July 2019 by , Romford, United Kingdom

tony
Entertaining

Reviewed on 25 July 2019 by , Wallington, United Kingdom

Adrianna
Very boring tricks

Reviewed on 24 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Elaine
Worth seeing

It was very enjoyable

Reviewed on 23 July 2019 by , Hornchurch, United Kingdom

Jane
Great time

Reviewed on 23 July 2019 by , Hertford, United Kingdom

Annamaria
Great magic show and fun night out!

I bought the tickets as a hen party surprise and it was the best decision ever! Bride to be loved it and it was the highlight of our night out. Great show and great acts,plus the lighting and effects were superb. Well recommended for anyone interested in magic tricks and illusions and an overall fun night out. One trick involving 'sand' is clearly sawdust, visible even from the back of stalls, but that made no difference to us enjoying the act. Some of the audience members (younger and older) get asked to be involved in the show too, and that just adds to the immersive experience and to the mystery of 'how do they do that trick?'. We as young adults loved it but kids were crazy about it. No wonder the show ended in standing ovation - will definitely be recommending it to others.

Reviewed on 22 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Todd
Great show!

Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by , Surrey, Canada

Ida
Stunning, unusual, must see

Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Frances
Magicans Plus

Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by , Kellyville, Australia

Barbara
Not as exciting as I expected

The humour was there but it was too obvious with the dark interior and dark lightening. Some tricks I have already seen before on TV. The only one illusionist made a great impression - The Manipulator. Yu Ho-Jin. I wished he was longer on stage. Overall it was a good experience but not amazing.

Reviewed on 20 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Andrew
Awesome magic!

Reviewed on 19 July 2019 by , Twickenham, United Kingdom

Lesley
Magical

Fantastic show, well worth seeing, comfortable seats, adequate leg room and a good view of the stage

Reviewed on 19 July 2019 by , Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom

fatma
good to experience

theater smells so bad and the atmosphere a bit catastrophic.

Reviewed on 18 July 2019 by , Dubai, United Kingdom

Natalie
What a show

Reviewed on 18 July 2019 by , Teddington, United Kingdom

Cheryl
Entertaining

The show was very entertaining

Reviewed on 18 July 2019 by , Gilford, United States Of America

Jeremy
A bit predictable

Crazy bright lights shining straight into my eyes. Too far from the stage even though most expensive tickets which meant I was watching the show on the large TV screen above the stage - might as well have watched it at home! I’d seen all the acts before on Britain’s Got Talent so not much originality.

Reviewed on 18 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Rebecca
Great show for the whole family!

Reviewed on 17 July 2019 by , Bethesda, United States Of America

JK
Surprisingly good

Honestly, didn’t expect much but glad they proved me wrong. It was very entertaining. Great for anyone.

Reviewed on 17 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Liz
Disappointing

I had read such good reviews for this production and thus had high expectations. Unfortunately this fell flat. There was nothing new or particularly mind blowing with the performances. Most of the "tricks" had been done many times before so lost the wow factor for both myself and my guest. The illusions at the beginning felt like a warm up and the finale was nothing to write home about. All in all a very mediocre evening that I had to pay good money for the displeasure of...

Reviewed on 16 July 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Sharon
Amazing show, anyone would enjoy it

The show was amazing. Great for any age, funny, amazing and spellbinding!!!!!!

Reviewed on 15 July 2019 by , Warrington, United Kingdom

Clare
A must see

Would recommend to friends and family.took my children and they really enjoyed it .

Reviewed on 14 July 2019 by , Essex, United Kingdom

Amanda
Brilliant

Reviewed on 14 July 2019 by , High Wycombe, United Kingdom

Ron
A must see show

Reviewed on 12 July 2019 by , Grays, United Kingdom

Kaleigh
Magical!!! Awesome for all ages you can enjoy it or try and figure it out ... you wont though!!!!

Really great performance second time ive seen them at theatre for both their performances and this was better than the first!!!!

Reviewed on 12 July 2019 by , Southend, United Kingdom

Adela
You will be on the edge of your seat... laughing!

What a wonderful evening! We laughed the whole show and we were at the same time at the edge of our seat watching wha t would happen next! Absolutely recomendable you take your teenager! Worth every penny!

Reviewed on 11 July 2019 by , Davie, United States Of America

Alexandra
Amazing! Better than expected!

Great show! Lots of laughs!

Reviewed on 10 July 2019 by , Twickenham, United Kingdom

Victoria
Fabulous for all ages

A must see with the family

Reviewed on 09 July 2019 by , Rainham, United Kingdom

Clair
Could have been more exciting. The guy who read minds was good .

The seating in theatre was soo uncomfortable. NO LEG, FEET ROOM ..CRAMPED, REALLY UNPLEASANT .

Reviewed on 08 July 2019 by , Cowley Uxbridge Middlesex, United Kingdom

Edwin
Exceptionally Fantastic

Come & be truly wowed & inspired!!! How the hell do they do this!!!!

Reviewed on 08 July 2019 by , London, 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