The Illusionists Dubai 2013
The masters of deception are coming for a spectacular show to Dubai.
The Illusionists are a group of extremely talented and skilled magicians and entertainers who travel the world, fascinating people’s minds and bending their beliefs in what is real and what is not. The troupe consists of nine members, each with their own unique gifts and abilities. With the likes of an escape artist and a mind-reader, to illusionists and even an inventor, there is something to amaze everyone.
Do not miss out on what is considered to be one of the most important and brilliant stage performances of modern times. Tickets will be available on Platinumlist soon.
ABOUT THE SHOW
The biggest selling magic show in the world will appear on The Sheikh Rashid Hall stage,at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in May for a two-week season featuring seven world grand master magicians in The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible,Brought to you by the Alchemy Project-The Leading Entertainment Agency in The Middle East.
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible launched in January 2012 with a sell-out season at Sydney Opera House reaching an audience of 31,000 in nine days, followed by a Mexico City eight-day season with an audience of 42,000. More recently the show packed out Adelaide Festival Centre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and will visit Auckland before a launching world tour from London’s West End.
The hand-picked cast of internationally renowned illusionists together create a blockbuster stage show featuring a stunning mix of their most outrageous and unbelievable optical illusions including nail-biting Russian roulette, jaw-dropping acts of levitation, mind-reading, disappearances and escapes.
This show sees the magicians take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past – such as Houdini – and combine it with contemporary sets, costume design, technology and live band Z, best known as touring band for Hip Hop legend NaS, to create a spell-binding family-friendly blockbuster.
Creative Producer Simon Painter says ” the show is a world first, with each of the seven international illusionists the best in their niche and together creating a 21st century stage spectacular that will leave audiences spellbound”.
“From Dan Sperry’s shock illusions to comedy magician Jeff Hobson to Escapologist Andrew Basso who performs the Houdini inspired underwater escape live on stage, there is no other group of magicians who can deliver the mind-blowing entertainment that The Illusionists do at every show.
“Kevin James, The Inventor, is the man who created most of the famous illusions and tricks that you’ll see performed anywhere in the world by top magicians, and we have him bringing his favourite illusions to life as part of the show.”
Robbie Macrae, Director of THE EDGE Performing Arts Centre says that “The Illusionists is a magic show like never before seen in New Zealand and another major stage show for Auckland and the rest of New Zealand to enjoy”
“We’re incredibly excited to have secured The Illusionists for a season in Dubai at the Dubai World Trade Centre. We haven’t had a blockbuster magic show of this kind in UAE before and we know that the theatricality and artistry of the show will completely astonish our audiences.” Said Mac.s.Far, The CEO & Managing Partner at Alchemy Project Entertainment Agency.
TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THE SHOW
“Brain Bendingly Spectacular” The Daily Telegraph
“Incredible, astounding, amusing, mystifying, perplexing, and challenging – all in all this is a magical, mystery tour de force. Be prepared to be amazed!” Australian Stage Online
“Spellbinding entertainment, nights at the theatre don’t come more enjoyable than this.” In Daily
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WHO ARE THE “ILLUSIONISTS”?
★The Anti-Conjurer aka Dan Sperry – Specialty: Shock illusions
★The Enchantress aka Jinger Leigh – Specialty: Skills of grace and gravity defiance
★The Escapologist aka Andrew Basso – Specialty: death defying escapes
★The Gentleman aka Mark Kalin – Specialty: Classic magic re-imagined
★The Inventor aka Kevin James – Specialty: Magic inventions and ground breaking illusions
★The Mentalist aka Philip Escoffey – Specialty: Master of the unexplained
The Trickster aka Jeff Hobson – Specialty: Comedy magic
THE ILLUSIONISTS’ BIOGRAPHIES
★★★THE ANTI-CONJUROR: Dan Sperry
He combines the art of magic with the bizarre and macabre. He’s been described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield and his motto is ‘Magic no longer sucks’. He’s performed at private parties for celebrities such as Johnny Depp and has over five million YouTube hits to his name. He was in the top ten most googled people after his legendary America’s Got Talent appearance. The Anti-Conjuror is not for the faint hearted. You’ve been warned…
“Literally hair-raising.” Toronto Star
“A wild ride!” Magic Magazine
★★★THE ENCHANTRESS: Jinger Leigh
The unique blend of elegance and theatricality of Jinger Leigh has redefined the role of the magician. Being a modern witch in an ancient art, Jinger has captivated fans around the world. She began her career as a dancer when she was 15 and was soon started touring around America with Disney.
She also toured with artists such as The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett and Cab Callaway. It was while working as a dancer in Guam that she met magician Mark Kalin (aka The Gentleman). The results were magical in every sense of the word, combining the art of dance with illusion to produce and perform unique illusions as part of the act Kalin and Jinger.
★★★THE ESCAPOLOGIST: Andrew Basso
He is Italy’s star escape artist and is fast becoming one of the world’s favourite illusionists. His hero is Harry Houdini and his thrilling escapes take place under water, 150 feet in the air and everywhere in between. Explosives, water boxes, handcuffs, chains, padlocks, straightjackets, cars bursting into flames… his escapes place him within seconds of life and death and have audiences all over Europe and North America frozen in suspense and disbelief. You’ll never catch The Escapologist.
“The natural successor of the legendary Harry Houdini.” Warsaw Voice
★★★THE GENTLEMAN: Mark Kalin
Mark Kalin has been one of the most influential magicians of the past decade, bringing his fantastic illusions to casinos, performing arts centres, television shows and his own experimental theatre in Reno, Nevada, The Magic Underground.
As a young man, Mark’s specialty was deception and sleight of hand, but as he grew so did his repertoire of illusions. Working with The Enchantress, Jinger Leigh, the duo became known for their fast, dramatic performances, including a number of daring effects with wild animals. The duo even achieved the largest stage illusion of all time, making an American Airlines Jumbo Jet disappear at the Hilton Reno.
Kalin & Jinger have made numerous television appearances including NBC’s World’s Greatest Magicians, Hidden Secrets of Magic, Fox Family’s Magic on the Edge as well as appearances on Entertainment Tonight, CBS and ABC. The duo has developed a reputation for an innovative blend of illusion and distinctive modern style.
In 1998 Kalin & Jinger were voted magic’s highest honour, Magicians of the Year, by the prestigious Academy of Magical Arts–Hollywood’s Magic Castle. The award recognized their unique achievements and charismatic performances.
★★★THE INVENTOR: Kevin James
He is one of today’s most ground breaking and innovative illusionists. His illusions and magic acts are also performed by other stars from David Copperfield to Nicholas Cage in the Hollywood film Adaptation. He is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual… He believes he has a responsibility to remind people of that state of awe and wonder they felt as a child. Whether he’s holding a rose or swinging a chain saw, anything is possible with The Inventor.
“Kevin James is the most original magician I have ever seen and his illusions are spectacular.” Splash, Las Vegas
★★★THE MENTALIST: Philip Escoffey
Philip Escoffey is a professional entertainer, presenter, mentalist and TV game show writer who has built a following not only in the UK but also internationally. He’s been travelling the world for the past ten years demonstrating how mind readers and psychics have divided people’s thinking for as long as they’ve intrigued them.
In 2008 he premiered his own show ‘6 Impossible Things Before Dinner’ at the Edinburgh Fringe and has toured since with sell out runs at Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne International Comedy and the Adelaide Fringe Festivals. In 2010 he devised and presented six episodes of a new magic game show called ‘Impossible’ for Channel 5, which saw couples pit their wits against Philip in the hope of winning £50,000. The initial series was followed by two celebrity specials and the format is now being sold to broadcasters internationally.
“Astounding show … such breath-taking skill … nothing short of a masterpiece” The Scotsman
★★★THE TRICKSTER: Jeff Hobson
He’s the host of Las Vegas and is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. He leaves audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down. Don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance. The Trickster will get you every time…!
“Hobson steals the show like a slick bank robber.” New York Daily News
“A whirlwind of fabulousness that simply cannot be contained.” Las Vegas Review Journal
★★★The Band: Z
Z: They’re the number one band from Los Angeles, CA who has toured with Hip Hop legends Nas and Kanye West. They have sustained as an independent band since their inception in 2005 and have appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Wendy Williams Show, and with an international cast on the Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson tribute tour.
Formerly known as “Mulatto”, Z is the latest evolution in the collective musical journey of Dustin Moore (Bass, Producer), Tom Terrell (Keyboard, Trumpet), and Eddie Cole (Lead Vocals, Producer)—the nephew of jazz icon Nat “King” Cole.
Their new name consists of one upright numeral 7 and one inverted to form the letter Z, which symbolises their collective wisdom, strength, and complexity.
Z’s beginnings date back to 2005, as students of the orchestra, marching, and jazz ensembles at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. After-school gatherings evolved into late night jam sessions and band rehearsals, which resulted in electric live performances throughout Long Beach and Los Angeles, and
eventually, the world.
It was NaS who heard them play live at a studio session and invited them to join him on his Untitled album in 2008. They later toured with Nas as his backing live band on the Glow in the Dark world concert tour, headlined by Kanye West. This successful collaboration was followed by tours with R&B
singer-songwriters Keri Hilson, Mario, Kenny Lattimore and Chanté Moore.
For six years, Z has bonded their rich Jazz, Rock and Gospel music influences into the distinct Pop and Hip Hop mix that has made them one of the foremost independent bands on the west coast. Z has released one self-produced album and has propelled to the top of the burgeoning global independent music scene. The blend of proven musicality and abundant on-stage energy is what keeps them in demand as a prominent live act and accompanying band.
As they make their galactic move forward, Z brings along a loyal fan base and community that supports their latest self-released album Arize – the Prequel. It is for them that Z offers it as a free digital download and invitation to “Planet Z” – a boundless world that stands on love, passion, spirit and Z music.
SHOWS’ Dates: to view show dates visit http://
Date: Wednesday, 28th August – Saturday, 7th September 2013
Duration: 11 days
Audience: General Public
Category: Entertainment, Other
Venue: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre – Dubai World Trade Centre
Admission: Silver:AED250 / AED300 – Gold:AED400 / AED500 – Platinum:AED1200 / AED1350 / AED1500 – Royal:AED2000 / AED2500
Telephone: + 971 56 133 3268