The world’s biggest selling magic spectacular, The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway, will return to London’s West End this summer with a brand new show from Saturday 6th July to Sunday 1st September at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The all-star line-up will see audiences wowed by The Showman James More, The Unforgettable Enzo, The Manipulator Yu Ho-Jin, The Futurist Adam Trent,The Mentalist Chris Cox, The Trickster Paul Dabek and The Daredevil Jonathan Goodwin.
Last seen in the West End in 2015 and having just recently broken its fourth box office record on Broadway,The Illusionists is a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Collectively these performers have been seen by millions across the world and this production showcases their collective talents on stage together for the very first time. The Illusionists has shattered box office records and dazzled audiences of all ages around the world with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.
This spectacular show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Prepare to witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance next summer!
The Showman, James More, is currently one of the world’s leading and most viral illusionists. He first made an impact after an incredible run on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 and has the most watched audition from his series with over 80 million hits on YouTube. The British-born illusionist continued to make waves after a sell-out tour in Russia with his Theatre of Illusion show and soon after was approached by The Illusionists. After performing with the show for over two years in five continents around the globe, More became the first British magician in history to appear on New York’s infamous Broadway. His fast-growing reputation also includes a special guest appearance on NBC’s, America’s got Talent, a feature on, Got Talent World Stage and numerous other television appearances. His live work comprises of performances at London’s 02 Arena, The Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles and the Sydney Opera House to name but a few.
The Unforgettable, Enzo, warns his audience to forget everything they know and prepare to live an unprecedented experience though which all their senses will be put to the test. Enzo held his first magic show at 11 years old, with humble resources. However, he wished to stage far more impressive illusions, and spent a year as an engineering student during which he was taught how to draw up plans and to understand mechanics and electrotechnics. It was his performance on France’s Got Talent, where he reached a new audience. A few years later, the audience of Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde was, in turn, mesmerized. This new publicity opened him the doors to the most prestigious events in Europe, as well as some of the biggest international festivals. Enzo has since been considered a rising star of magic. In 2013, he returned to France’s Got Talent, where he wowed the jury and the audience again by making a helicopter appear on stage, an act that had never been seen before on television. In 2015 at just 26 years old, he premiered his show, Beyond Illusions at the famous Casino de Paris.
The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin began his career in magic aged just 9 years old and it was only a decade later that he turned the magic community upside-down and won the first prize in Stage Magic and Grand Prix at FISM World Championship of Magic 2012. Today Yu Ho-Jin is considered to be the most elegant and artistic manipulator alive by the world’s leading magicians. It is no surprise that Ho-Jin is often referred to as “the future of magic”. When Yu Ho-Jin’s nimble fingers rend the empty air as if playing the piano, astonishing notes of mystery flutter in the atmosphere and captivate the hearts of his audience. There is no deception or trickery in his work. Not only that, there is no doubt that Yu Ho-Jin has the ability of turning anyone into his fan – from children to the world’s finest magicians.
The Futurist, Adam Trent inaugurated the first two record-breaking Broadway runs on the US tour of The Illusionists. His frequent TV appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, and countless others as well as an NBC primetime TV special and his own 10-episode TV series premiering May 2017 on Red Bull TV, further highlight his appeal to audiences of all ages.
The Mentalist, Chris Cox is a multi-award winning ‘mind reader who can’t read minds’ and the star of the TV shows Chris Cox’s Mind Boggling Magic (CBBC) and Killer Magic (BBC Three). He has previously appeared in The Illusionists Direct From Broadway in the USA, South Africa, Mexico & Australia,Impossible (London, Dubai Opera and world tour) and five critically-acclaimed one-man solo Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows which Chris has also performed throughout the UK and New Zealand. Chris has appeared with One Direction at the BBC Music Awards (BBC), on America’s Got Talent (NBC), Heston Blumenthal’s Recipe For Romance (Channel 4), Now You See It (BBC One), How TV Changed Magic and The Mentalist Revealed (Channel 5), The Secret Of Star Wars (BBC) and The Project (Channel 9 Australia). As a creator of magic for stage shows and other events, he has worked on Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), Dan & Phil’s 2016 and 2018 World Tours, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Restaurant and is the Magic and Illusions Assistant for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts One And Two (Palace Theatre, London).
The Trickster, Paul Dabek is one of the UK’s top entertainers, he has performed across 6 continents and headlined his own show in Las Vegas. As well as appearing on BBC TV. An accomplished magician, comedian and actor, Paul’s skills have won him critical acclaim, Time Out magazine named him ‘a superb showman!’ Both the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians have recognized Paul’s talent naming him Young Magician of the Year and awarding him the British Shield. Fast-paced, dynamic magic, quick-witted humor, and a theatrical flair combined with a personality that reaches to the very back of the theatre. Join Paul as he reveals exactly what’s up his sleeve and delves into his box of tricks while cheekily enchanting the audience with jaw-dropping hilarity.
The Daredevil and Escape Artist, British-born Jonathan Goodwin is widely considered one of the most creative, skilled and frankly crazy stunt performers in the world. Goodwin has been hanged, buried alive, hung by his toes from helicopters, burned at the stake, attacked by sharks and even sewn up inside a dead cow. Jonathan has starred in numerous TV series including One Way Out for Discovery Channel and Dangerman:The Incredible Mr Goodwin for the BBC as well as Deathwish Live, How Not To Become Sharkbait and The Seven Stupidest Things to Escape From.