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The Illusionists - Magic Of The Holidays

From 10 critic and 46 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Masterful, Delightful, Enchanting

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. More…

Bringing their must-be-seen-to-be-believed talents to the Marquis stage as the cast of "The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays" are:  Darcy Oake – “The Grand Illusionist,” Adam Trent – "The Futurist,” Colin Cloud – “The Deductionist,”  Shin Lim – “The Manipulator,” Chloé Crawford – “The Sorceress," and the LED dance group Light Balance.

DC Metro Theater Arts

“An astonishing array of dazzling, mind boggling, and breathtaking acts of prestidigitation for the whole family...Featuring five of the world’s greatest performers of mentalism, sleight-of-hand, cutting-edge spectacle, close-up magic, and grand illusion...The fast-paced production presents the roster of stars in revolving sequences that combine illusory effects and legerdemain with engaging humor...A well-rounded two hours of mesmerizing something-for-everyone amusement.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“’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.” Full Review


"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." Full Review

Stage Left

"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.” Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

“’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.” Full Review


"Everything here is nothing new and truly more 'illusion' and gimmickry than 'magic'...'The Illusionists' shows have never been exactly original, but they have mass appeal for tourists during the holidays and obviously have enough of an audience to keep returning to Broadway each December. The evening is simply mindless, entertaining fun and amusing enough to satisfy anyone hungry for seasonal family fare." Full Review


“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.” Full Review


"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." Full Review

Broadway News

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

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

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

Clever, Riveting, Refreshing, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You like magic or perhaps want something mindless that is full of personality and fun.

Don't see it if You don't like magic nor want to have a really good time.

Also We did not know what to expect except some magic that we might try to ... Read more Read less

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.

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

Entertaining, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy being AMAZED.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of magic tricks or illusions.

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

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.

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if Very entertaining, cleaver and talented illusionists. You really have a challenge figuring out how they did it

Don't see it if if you don't like being entertained nor get frustrated over slight of hand and illusion

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.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Epic

See it if you want to see 5 incredible magicians. It was a nice change of pace as compared to a regular play/musical. You will be amazed!

Don't see it if magic freaks you out or you just don't like magicians.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you want to see magicians showing off their talents. Very entertaining and absorbing.

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

Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Fun for all ages

See it if you like magic and show(wo)manship! Great entertaining for the whole family!

Don't see it if you prefer drama or musicals on Broadway.

Also The mentalists are great, Shin Lim is sensational and definitely worth... Read more Read less

Mindblowing, Epic

See it if you like close up magic and mind reading tricks. This is really well done.

Don't see it if you don't like magic and you don't want to get made fun of if you're pulled up on stage.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Masterful, Great for all ages

See it if You want to be entertained and want to see some amazing 'magic'. The mentalists are great but Shin Lim is masterful.

Don't see it if You don't like magic shows. You are expecting something meaningful for the price of your Broadway ticket.

Also This is definitely for the entire family - we had the 5 1/2 year old t... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Cliched, Enchanting

See it if you want to see Shim Lim as the true artist / magician.

Don't see it if some cliched magic tricks annoys you.

Also The undisputed purist magician is Shim Lim who awes with his mesmerizi... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fun

See it if You like magic and illusions. Are a fan of AGT or Britain's got talent. Most of the performers are from those shows

Don't see it if You don't like magic

Also If you like magic shows you won't disappointed. I was thoroughly enter... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Masterful, Quirky

See it if If you love magic or have children go to this one! Quite incredible magic and illusions. Nicely produced with audience participation.

Don't see it if Do not see if magic is not your interest .

Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Delightful

See it if Five very skillful magicians entertain you not only with their different specialties, but with their wit and humor. Lots of fun!

Don't see it if you do not like magic shows of any kind.

Entertaining, Masterful

See it if All 5 were really good , the one from Scotland and Colorado were outstanding.Nice holiday show

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

Entertaining, Fun, Family friendly

See it if You enjoy watching magic.

Don't see it if You want to see a play

Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you want to see something for all children from 4 - 100. The magic was good. Shin Lin is just incredible.

Don't see it if If if you don't like magic.. some of the large illusions were disappointing but I have been involved in magic so I look at it differently

Also Ii was disturbed because people were being seated up to 40 minutes aft... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fun

See it if You like magic. You like entertaining performers and audience participation.

Don't see it if You don't like magic. You don't want to see magic at a distance magnified on a big screen.

Enchanting, Epic, Funny, Riveting

See it if You like magic and sleight of hand, you watch America's Got Talent, you have an open mind

Don't see it if You don't want to suspend your disbelief, you expect some sort of storyline

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