Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

The Illusionists-Turn of the Century (2016)

From 74 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Masterful

About the show

Featuring world-class illusionists handpicked from across the globe, 'The Illusionists' returns to Broadway with a brand-new show designed to transport audiences back to the golden age of magic. More…

'The Illusionists-Turn of the Century' is set in an era when conjurers were the rock stars of the day. Showcasing the origins of some of the greatest and most dangerous illusions ever created, the show also unveils never-before-seen experiments drawn from a treasure trove of long-forgotten mysteries. Featuring The Clairvoyants of 'America's Got Talent' fame.

2h 15m | Already closed | Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (74)


Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Masterful
Avg Score

Entertaining, Clever, Surprising

See it if It's a magic show albeit one done with great pizzaz and a fast pace that never gets boring. Surprisingly entertaining.

Don't see it if You want real theater. This is entertainment.

Entertaining, Fun

See it if You enjoy magic shows & magicians. Good for tourists who don't want to see a traditional play or musical.

Don't see it if You are looking to see real theater. It's entertaining for what it is but is more suited for Vegas.

Cliched, Tacky, Dated, Dull

See it if Nothing new here; you've seen every tired trick before, presented as a series of acts å la vaudeville. I was embarrassed to be there.

Don't see it if You're looking for cutting edge, unique magic and illusions; this was standard and cliché. Very touristy. Not worth Broadway prices.

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful, Riveting



Dated, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you love those mind boggling illusions that you have seen done many times, in many different ways by charming illusionists vaudeville style.

Don't see it if you are wanting never before seen amazing illusions that leave you spellbound & you don't want to deal with the worst mannered adults.

Banal, Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are a magic fan, and will enjoy most traditional magic shows.

Don't see it if You are not already a fan of magicians. This will not make one out of you.

Also First, full disclosure, I went to this show because an acquaintance wa... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like magic shows or still can be childlike in wondering "how they do that", if you want a nice night out esp a family night.

Don't see it if You expect the grandiose atmosphere of Vegas, if you are one to tear the illusions apart, if you can't just enjoy it for its own sake.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you like magic shows..

Don't see it if you don't like magic shows.

Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if If you remember the days of vaudeville.

Don't see it if If you expect to see a magic show that makes sense

Also Most of the "sketches" did not make any sense to me. There seemed to b... Read more Read less


See it if you're looking for a decent length of show for your money and you want a relaxed, no-brain kind of entertainment for the evening

Don't see it if you're looking for particularly innovative or new illusions that you haven't seen before

Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you want to take your children to a magic show.

Don't see it if you don't like children shows.

Also The show is in a big Broadway theater, full of kids. It is a show with... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Cliched, Dated

See it if You like magic; you don't mind hokey old-timey patter between your illusions; you like comical magic; you want to figure out how they did it

Don't see it if You don't like old classic routines; you don't want to suspend your disbelief briefly.

Also There were multiple acts and some were more interesting to me than oth... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Slow

See it if you get a free ticket. If you have kids to entertain. If you never saw a magic trick in your life. All acts are old and dated.

Don't see it if if you want to see an ispiring, fresh show. This one is a collection of dated magic tricks. No fresh ideas or unexpected acts. Boring.

Entertaining, Funny, Family-friendly, Magic show

See it if You enjoy magic in all its forms - the clairvoyants and the marionette were my favorite acts.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with audience participation or lots of children.


See it if you enjoy magic.

Don't see it if you want original acts, many "classic" tricks and weak writing.


See it if There was some good magic. However, many of the tricks you could see if you went to a local NYC magic show for demo. It was entertaining.

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

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you like wasting money on a mediocre evening of "magic". To be fair, act 2 may have been extraordinary... I wasn't there.

Don't see it if you value your entertainment dollars. Really?...card "tricks"?...on a Broadway stage?

Also Plus they should be sued for false advertising about going back to a g... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Magical, Masterful, Mystical

See it if You think Illusions and magic with a humorous touch are right up your alley, and you don't mind an evening of theater without story lines.

Don't see it if You have come to Broadway for a musical or drama, and need to see a story portrayed in order to to fully enjoy a theatrical experience.

Absorbing, Interesting, Edgy, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if If you're into a more dark magic stage show with little to no speaking rather than a play or musical with characters/emotion;

Don't see it if If you're looking for something that moves or is uplifting (not literally);

Dated, Disappointing, Silly

See it if You have children who may be entertained by this silliness...and you enjoy very old fashioned Illusions with A LOT of Posing!!!

Don't see it if If you can get tickets to a more entertaining Show!

Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if You enjoy different types of illusions and magical tricks

Don't see it if You want a play with a storyline or you dislike magic

Clever, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love illusionists in general. You want to be blown away and entertained.

Don't see it if You only enjoy shows with story and plot.

Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you like magic. This is a Vegas-like magic show, but it feels out of place on Broadway. It's neat and entertaining, but it's far from great.

Don't see it if you hate magic, hate gimmicks, hate shows that feel like they have no place on Broadway (or even in NYC for that matter), or hate fun.


See it if you like old "Vaudeville" type of acts like on the Ed Sullivan show. Why they had I juggling act beat me what was the illusion.

Don't see it if You are expecting big extravagant Las Vegas type of acts . Previous versions of the show it is quite different


See it if Family show! If you are a magic fan, it's great!!

Don't see it if If you saw americas got talent you have seen most of the show! I'm a huge fan or the clairvoyants, they everything from the agt.

December 5th, 2016
"A bigger and kitschier enterprise, but still a less grandiose occasion than the first two seasons of this ensemble evening...Most of the evening’s bright spots were quieter, less bedazzled affairs...While the illusions were uniformly expert, several of the performers had a stilted, somewhat form...
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December 7th, 2016
"The third installment offers its fair show of 'Hey, how’d they do that?' wonders. It also boasts a vintage Vaudeville vibe. The evening is a buffet: Dana Daniels combines comedy and card tricks — and a parrot; Charlie Frye juggles at warp speed; Jonathan Goodwin is a stud who doesn’t get impaled...
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December 7th, 2016
"'Turn of the Century' is indeed styled as an evening of old-fashioned vaudeville acts, with each performer possessing a fun, individual style...'The Illusionists' are all accomplished pros who have been working at their craft for years and their magical antics are sure to delight the kids and ba...
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December 4th, 2016
"I was truly stunned not by their tricks, but by the amount of selflessness I saw onstage...I gave over to the magic; I believed—which is more than I can say about traditional Broadway hits...In a setting that perhaps requires the most whimsy and belief, this belief factor came easily. As for the...
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