The Illusionists-Turn of the Century (2016)
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The Illusionists-Turn of the Century (2016)

The Illusionists-Turn of the Century (2016) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(75 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny

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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (75)

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127 Reviews | 24 Followers
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.

89 Reviews | 22 Followers
Entertaining, Dizzying, Riveting, Clever

See it if you believe in magic and like being dazzled,amazed and surprised.

Don't see it if you are a skeptic and cannot suspend disbelief.

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful, Riveting



287 Reviews | 77 Followers
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you like magic shows..

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

55 Reviews | 23 Followers
Clever, Great staging, Slow, Funny, Overrated

See it if You like magic shows. The best acts for me are the clairvoyants & the dare devil. Some acts are a little slow & boring. Overall still fun.

Don't see it if You hate magicians.

55 Reviews | 13 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy magic and illusions.

Don't see it if If you are not into magic. Read more

148 Reviews | 80 Followers
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.

97 Reviews | 13 Followers
Good for magic fans, but too much filler, not enough killer

See it if You do not mind The Clairvoyants repeating excellent mindreading tricks from America's Got Talent; you love magic and get half price tickets

Don't see it if You know levitation tricks are done with wires and ordinary sawing a woman in half at Broadway prices outweigh some very good performances Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
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 formal stage presence...That’s the thing about magic. Even when it’s performed with something less than perfect flair or fluency, even when we know it to be entirely fake, it accesses fantasies we all have."
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New York Daily News
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 when he lounges on one; Justo Thaus pulls the strings on a marionette magician...Each act is polished and professional but the show lacks pizzazz. Time disappears slowly during it."
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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 baffle the adults."
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Theatre is Easy
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 individual 'illusionists,' their range of talent has a treat in store for any viewer, young or old."
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Front Row Center
December 7th, 2016

"‘The Illusionists’ does not pretend to be anything other than what it is: an invitation into a land where you can spend a lot of time figuring things out, or you can do the smart thing and go along with everything…There is juggling (a bit too much) combined with card tricks…This is a holiday treasure. Bring the kids – or bring an adult like me for whom magic is a necessary ingredient to the daily details of life. Settle in, and let yourself be A-M-A-Z-E-D."
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The Stage (UK)
December 5th, 2016

"Feels like an attempt to spin overly familiar acts as vintage classics...These are pros who travel the world, but the Palace hasn’t been a vaudeville house since 1929...Neil Dorward’s production sits awkwardly in the space...Goodwin makes a point of saying he’s not an illusionist, and that everything he does is real, but even he doesn't have the magical power to make the 150 minutes go faster."
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December 4th, 2016

"Noteworthy for its historical value if nothing else...The acts are hit and miss...The show stays true to the nostalgic intent by not overloading us with too many special effects, so one really gets the feeling of seeing a variety show circa 1903...While other editions mostly featured male illusionists, we have wonderful female performers here, too...Is the show groundbreaking or original? Hardly. However, as a Broadway history lesson on outdated gimmickry, it never fails to entertain."
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