The Illusionists on Broadway

We enjoyed the opening of The Illusionists on Broadway on Wednesday night, and it was right in our son’s wheelhouse. I figured he was looking for a break from a musical. The Illusionists, which features seven world-class magicians, is going on a national tour next year, including San Jose in June.

We witnessed various acts of illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and a Harry Houdini-like water  escape. Performed by the acclaimed “escapologist” Andrew Basso of Italy, he held his breath for 2 minutes and 47 seconds tonight while escaping from an underwater cell (shown in this video). This group took their cue from famous showmanship illusionists, such as Houdini, and paired it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic. I joked to my wife that King Kong would appear on the stage next, as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” I have no doubt the show is going to be a big hit on its U.S. tour.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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