"'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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"‘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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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);
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'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
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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