We have become accustomed to seeing “magic” in the movies, from flying elves to fantastical car chases and explosions so is there any room left for real magic in our lives?
Having seen the The Illusionists 1903 last night, I can say there most definitely is. I was transported back to my eight-year old self when I saw my first magic show with my younger sister. All the classic illusions were on show, from cutting someone in half, levitating balls (and people), to clairvoyants whose “vision” was infallible.
There was also some impressive slight of hand on show and beyond the illusions, there was some impressive juggling, a classic escape trick and a stoic bird named Dwayne.
However, it was the clowning around that really stole the show. The illusionists themselves were hilarious and engaging, and their interaction with the audience really added to the whole experience.
In a world that is ever harder to impress it was reassuring to see how simple illusions are still a source of wonderment for audiences young and old. Everyone needs some magic in their lives so get ready to be delighted and amazed by The Illusionists 1903.
Tickets are available now through Canberra Theatre Centre for the show’s run until 16 December.
Ellen was a guest of Canberra Theatre Centre; however, opinions are her own.