(2018) The Illusionists - Magic Of The Holidays
(2018) The Illusionists - Magic Of The Holidays

(2018) The Illusionists - Magic Of The Holidays NYC Reviews and Tickets

(55 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Clever, Masterful, Absorbing, Delightful

About the Show

The Illusionists return to Broadway with a new family-friendly show that promises even more illusions, close-up magic, mentalism, daring escapes, and technological spectacle.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (55)

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119 Reviews | 16 Followers
Entertaining, Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like magicians and magic shows. This is Vegas quality show on Broadway with excellent cast. Shin Lim also performing.

Don't see it if If you do not like magic

73 Reviews | 9 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you can't get enough of magic in your life. If you have visitors you need to entertain. If you have kids 7+. If you want to have great fun!

Don't see it if You are easily offended with jokes (fun is poked at some viewers) and with your neighbors being loud and obnoxious (it's very umm democratic

121 Reviews | 71 Followers
Entertaining, Family fun, Magical, Masterful

See it if You enjoy magic, illusions and slight of hand. Light show is entertaining. Show is “G” rated

Don't see it if You believe magic shows do not belong on the great Bway. My numerical score is for the magicians, Do not compare to my other Bway scores.

334 Reviews | 37 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want to believe in miracles, take the leap of fate and believe in the impossible Diverse intimate fabulous perfect for all ages

Don't see it if You want a broadway drama storyline This is an international evening of invention and novelty

71 Reviews | 11 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Epic

See it if This is the best magic show i've ever been too. The tricks are incredible and I was astonished. Would go again!

Don't see it if You don't like magic or want to see a show with a plot

144 Reviews | 110 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Fun for all ages

See it if If your a magic buff this show is for you! A Vegas quality magic show for all ages.

Don't see it if If you have seen the show before sadly a few of the acts are a repeat.

115 Reviews | 35 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Masterful, Delightful

See it if You love magic and the art of surprise. A total delight and incredible performances. Excellent showman, and woman, ship. Go see it!

Don't see it if You don't like magic or performance art.

50 Reviews | 8 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if I may not know how they did what they did, but I know that I had a fun night watching them do it. Go to be amazed.

Don't see it if You're a skeptic or mind breaking the fourth wall. There are many opportunities for volunteers from the audience to participate.

Critic Reviews (10)

November 28th, 2018

“Each performer has a specialty of sorts, and all are very good at what they do...Perhaps the production’s greatest trick is that it never feels like a rip-off or a TV show padded out for Broadway prices...Kid-friendly, ‘The Illusionists’ can seem a bit hokey at times and some of the tricks, though never less than well performed, aren’t exactly new...Dance group Light Balance make for an entertaining palate cleanser, though one performance would have been fine.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 28th, 2018

“’The Illusionists — Magic of the Holidays’ more than delivers, even if its cheesiness factor is more redolent of Las Vegas than Broadway...The show features five magicians, all given snappy monikers that don't necessarily prove accurate when it comes to their routines...The show gives little nod to the season...But it provides a holiday treat for those magic fans interested in seeing it performed live rather than from the remove of a television screen.”
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December 3rd, 2018

"This year's show is subtitled 'Magic of the Holidays,' but it's certainly not holiday-themed, and it's definitely not magical. With the exception of 'Futurist' Adam Trent, all of the performers are making their Broadway debuts this year, and they lack as much personality as their warmed-over routines, many of which have been done in other shows, to a much greater effect...A show that gets less and less impressive with every new iteration."
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November 30th, 2018

"This year director Neil Dorward's production takes on a straightforward approach, allowing each performer to inject their own personality into the proceedings without contributing to an overall theme...While it's fair to say 'The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays' doesn't hit a great many gasp-worthy moments, the skills of the performers are certainly quite amazing, making for a pleasant family diversion to warm up the winter months."
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Broadway News
November 28th, 2018

"Unfortunately this latest iteration, the group’s fourth appearance on Broadway, offers many tricks, but little magic...Among the five magicians, mentalist Colin Cloud impressed me the most...The audience does not get a moment to suspend their disbelief and believe in the supernatural, even briefly, because the magicians keep taking credit for the tricks...Diehard fans of magic and illusion will likely get their money’s worth...My wish, however, was for fewer gimmicks and more heart."
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Front Row Center
November 30th, 2018

“’The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays’ will blow your mind! Starring five differently talented magicians, the show is undeniably enjoyable, if sometimes over-produced. While some tricks felt sadly small for the big stage and some of the tech overly stylized...I found myself laughing and aweing at the mind tricks and magic placed before me by the incredibly talented acts throughout the evening...The true star of the night was Shim Lim...The evening is sure to wow you.”
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November 29th, 2018

"The Illusionists' fourth Broadway outing in the past five years, subtitled 'Magic for the Holidays,' lives up to its billing - providing moment-after-moment of 'how did he do that?' amazement. Better still, it is a much lighter affair than its initial, spooky-creepy debut; the show is often quite funny and consistently family-friendly, making it a guaranteed crowd-pleaser."
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Stage Left
December 12th, 2018

"Lim’s cad tricks are unique and impressive, even if his stage presence is...underwhelming. Equally as mind-blowing is mentalist Cloud...The holiday theme is lamely mapped onto a pre-existing show...It’s all good, harmless fun, though, and that is ultimately the point...If you’re looking for an entertaining, well-produced, and mainstream magic show this holiday season, check it out.”
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