Review: The Illusionists

Intensity. That is probably the best word I can find to describe the feeling being among the audience watching “The Illusionists, Live from Broadway”. Absolutely chest tightening, what’s going to happen next type intensity. As warned, I discovered this wasn’t your standard everyday magic show.

And, yes, they warn you.

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It begins with a quick introduction, continues with a little humor and some audience participation. (and if you were there, you’d know we Pittsburghers showed off some pretty slick Improv skills. Dale, those gloves… priceless)

Seamlessly, acts moved from one to the next showcasing mind-blowing talent of trickery and amazement. Each performer had a specialty, some defying death for the sake of a challenge.

Fire, music, acrobatics and dancing… but no smoke and mirrors. This magic is the real deal. I thought by the closeness between my seat and the stage that I would see something television hides. Nope. I saw cards go blank before my eyes, and one guy shoved a quarter behind his eye. But he was fine. He cut open his arm and squeezed it out of an artery. How the hell did he do that?

For that matter, how the hell did they do any of it? I was locked out of my house once and it took me over an hour to do what the Escapist did with 2 handcuff locks and a padlock with only a paperclip in three minutes, holding his breath, with his eyes closed. I’m still holding my breath in anticipation and the deed has been done. It takes an incredible passion, and a lot of practice, to be among their league.

And just when we’d thought spring had finally sprung, The Inventor brought back the snow. Don’t know I’m talking about…? Get tickets, go see the show. I would spill more details about the show, but it would be completely unfair to spoil the story. Find out for yourself why I am still wondering how that egg got into the bag.

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The Illusionists are in town until Sunday. To get tickets please visit The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s website at


This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS– LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. (, 2016)



Thank you as always to @culturaltrust #trustarts for their continuing support. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust always has something for all ages.

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