REVIEW: The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible - Opera House, Blackpool

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There’s something quite magic about magic - its ability to transcend generations, genders and nationalities, and make you feel like a child again.

According to magicians there are only two types of people who watch their shows - sheep and goats.

I am a sheep, I am assured by The Mentalist ahead of watching what is billed as the world’s greatest magic show, The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible.

The show features seven of the world’s best magicians, including the mentalist, Englishman Philip Escoffey, who seems to know me better than I do, and proceeds to do the same with unsuspecting audience members during the show.

Being a sheep means I follow the magicians wherever they wish their trick to take me and don’t question how it was done, just enjoy it. This is very true.

I care not how The Inventor makes it snow inside, or how The Gentleman saws The Enchantress in half, or The Escapologist frees himself from a tank of water while handcuffed and suspended upside down. I just lap it up.

And I’m far from the only sheep in an audience of hundreds to watch the show in Dubai, as part of its world tour.

Others include Syrian students, wealthy European families, young Arab couples and older Asian tourists.

Even Sheikh Mohammed, the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and constitutional monarch of Dubai, a man worth around £10m, seems to enjoy it as he watches from the front row flanked by security officials, friends and family.

Word around Dubai suggests he only makes an appearance at such events for 10-15 minutes, but The Illusionists draws him in for a full hour.

Fresh from its performances in Dubai, and sell-out shows at the Sydney Opera House and in Mexico City the show is now Blackpool bound as part of its UK tour.

The magicians promise a more pumped up version for UK audiences, especially in the magic capital of the country.

The Anti-Conjuror will be more free to shock with his sleight-of-hand mastery and jaw-dropping physical feats, and The Escapologist’s life threatening escape will both shock and awe.

And The Trickster’s camp comedy mixed with magic will be a little more at home with a Blackpool audience.

I watched much of the show on the edge of my seat, blown away by The Inventor’s creations and am still confounded by The Gentleman and The Enchantress’s three ring trick.

The show sends you back to that feeling of being around five-years-old and seeing a magic trick for the first time - exactly the impact the illusionists are aiming for.

The first five minutes alone, which also features a full live band and team of 20 dancers as well as The Escapologist freeing himself from a straight-jacket while suspended from the ceiling, are worth the ticket price.

Showcasing jaw dropping acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escape, The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible has it all.

The Illusionists , plays at The Opera House, Blackpool, on Friday, September 27, at 8pm for one night only.

For tickets: 0844 856 1111

KATIE UPTON