Already closed | 2h 10m | Midtown W

The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays (2019)

From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Delightful

About the show

Back in New York for a strictly limited run, this holiday spectacular showcases the talents of seven master illusionists. More…

From the show:

THIS MIND BLOWING HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR SHOWCASES THE JAW DROPPING TALENTS OF SEVEN OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE ILLUSIONISTS ON EARTH. BACK IN NEW YORK BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED RUN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. The Illusionists 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.

2h 10m | Already closed | Neil Simon Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (21)


Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Delightful
Avg Score

Bring the kids!, Great staging, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like magic shows and love to laugh. The magicians are great but they are also wonderfully entertaining and funny.

Don't see it if you hate magic and don't like to laugh.

Also This is a great show for the adults and for the kids. Wonderful for th... Read more Read less

Basic cookie cutter, Cheap, Safe

See it if You want to see a family friendly magic show for all ages

Don't see it if You know magic and expecting anything original, creative or new

Also I could write an entire book on the show. I know a lot about magic. Th... Read more Read less

Tries to please, Vegas staging, Pull its punches, Nothing new, Cheesy

See it if you have children that have never seen the illusions before, U don't want 2 C a play or musical, U can be thrilled by age old tricks

Don't see it if U want the illusions geared to an adult audience, U don't want 2 B blinded by ill aimed stagelights, U expect Vegas level stagecraft

Fast-paced, Absorbing, Lacking female talent (women are “assistants” but never main players), Uneven (sometimes masterful, sometimes puerile), Entertaining

See it if you want family-friendly, semi-interactive fare to put you in the holiday spirit; love magicians, mentalists, comics, and/or vaudevillians.

Don't see it if expecting a cohesive, narrative “story” imbedded within this series of magical and mentalist acts; expecting a “grand finale” act that wows.

Also The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays uses spirited music, festive co... Read more Read less


See it if Family friendly with corny jokes during some magic tricks. Occasional better trick among many mediocre tricks.

Don't see it if Dislike Vegas-ie vibes of almost all white men doing tricks with women in tiny outfits pushing props around. A few tricks seem too simple.

Also Diversity: 1 is Taiwanese, but the rest are all white men. The non-spe... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to see superb magic and some tricks that will make your head spin. I honestly was amazed at points and was entertained throughout.

Don't see it if magic you can't figure out makes you uncomfortable or you are tired of magicians assistants being scantly clothed models who do nothing.

Fun, Slow, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love magic and have enjoyed The Illusionists shows in the past.

Don't see it if You want a show that is high energy from start to finish, with seemless transitions and high production values.

Fun, good for family, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if Talented magicians, especially the close magic performed by Eric Chien. It makes the effort to be an extravaganza. Mentalist is fun.

Don't see it if Unnecessary strobe lights and odd use of kids in the audience as assistants for weird tricks. It’s a little disjointed but enjoyable.

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if This is a great family show - especially for those who love magic. e went as a family and both adults and children had a great time.

Don't see it if You don't like magic shows. You want to go to a play/musical. this is 100% magic show,

Family friendly, Fun, Entertaining

See it if You like magic.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play.


See it if The worst of the 5 editions of this show. Repeats of tricks done in past editions. No big illusions! Lazy production for quick holiday cash

Don't see it if I look forward to Illusionist every holiday season and I’m just so angry this put out this lazy and unoriginal show. Disappointed!!!!

Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if It's professional magic. If you like that sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like. Many different kinds of magic are on display

Don't see it if You don't like magic? It's not must-see, but it's a very fun evening.

Magical, Quirky, Funny

See it if Lots of fun! Good times!

Don't see it if You absolutely hate magic acts.

Polished, Children-friendly, Entertaining

See it if you like to see talented magicians from across the globe. Polished production. Entertaining night out. Children-friendly

Don't see it if you don't like Vegas style shows

Segments more than a play, Family friendly, Entertaining

See it if You love magic, segments with many performers, some of whom are familiar from tv, very child friendly

Don't see it if You are looking for a transformative musical or play - this is similar to the Secret (with more performers and less depth)

"magical", Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if If you like Magic shows, America's Got Talent, that kind of stuff.

Don't see it if Hate magic, illusionists. Looking for David Copperfield elaborate Vegas (though I've never seen the guy or a Vegas magic show)

Cheesy, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You have very little kids and money to burn.

Don't see it if You're not accompanied by a child. You don't want your child to be hit in the head with the gender gap in magic.

Must see, Masterful, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you want to have a "different" Broadway experience. It's magical. You, your kids, family and friends will be completely fascinated.

Don't see it if If you don't like true illusions.

Also It will close on January 5th - DON'T MISS IT. Lots of audiance partici... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are looking for a holiday outing for the whole family. Everyone in our group was enthralled.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy magic or deception.

Also A fun and fascinating evening of theater that will leave you wondering... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you like magic you'll like this show. Particularly Eric Chien who is an amazing slight of hand magician

Don't see it if You don't want to see one magician who was down right bad or another who was really creepy -- and not in a good way.

Also Eric Chien was really a highlight. Mentalist Chris Cox was really good... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Masterful, Riveting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if want an elevated level of entertainment! Great wit! A cut above other mentalist shows!

Don't see it if you want everything spelled out for you.

December 6th, 2019
"Holiday Magic: Fooled and Fooled and Fooled Again: In its sixth year on Broadway, 'The Illusionists' serves up familiar routines, but two smaller shows deliver egghead charm and brainy sleight-of-hand."
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December 9th, 2019
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December 8th, 2019
3/5 Stars. "There's little particularly holiday-ish about this 'Magic of the Holidays,' but there are six magicians of various kinds conjuring up some easygoing entertainment."
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December 6th, 2019
Score: 90% "A two-hour entertainment that reaches out into the audience and wows everyone with a show of depth and variety that will tickle your funny bone, leave you scratching your head utterly flummoxed and amazed. Seriously."
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