Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion
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Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion
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Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(727 Ratings)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Hilarious

About the Show

A new comedy by Mischief promises chaotic hilarity and mindbending wonder.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (566)

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59 Reviews | 9 Followers
100
Participatory, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Want to enjoy a fun interactive show with lots of corny jokes and sight gags. It’s absolutely hilarious!

Don't see it if You don’t like audience participation. It says good for kids, but there is quite a bit of language and double entendre.

87 Reviews | 16 Followers
100
Engaging, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a silly and chaotic show with some real illusion acts

Don't see it if You want a proper show that does break the 4th wall Read more

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
100
Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if want to see a really funny show

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious drama

72 Reviews | 6 Followers
100
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like a real, old fashioned magic show with a superb mentalist.

Don't see it if You can’t conjure up the 13-year-old child you once were. Read more

129 Reviews | 18 Followers
100
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like unexplained pychic phenomen. It's quite masterfully done

Don't see it if I liked everything about the show but I dont think it would appeal to thosse who dont like shows in which pyschics appear

72 Reviews | 41 Followers
96
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you just want a good laugh and a show with heart. A comedy that is stupid in the best meaning of the word.

Don't see it if If you're looking for big production and high brow humor.

145 Reviews | 19 Followers
95
Magic and merriment.

See it if you're a fan of zany comedies like "The Play That Goes Wrong"--and you've been looking for something to bring the kids to.

Don't see it if broad, audience participation comedies don't appeal to you. Read more

137 Reviews | 13 Followers
95
Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious

See it if From the company who give us The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong - a magic show that is soooo funny

Don't see it if Well, you have to like comedy, parody, and magic Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

New York Theatre Guide
November 20th, 2023

“The two-hour show, directed by Hannah Sharkey, is too long for its good. The eventual payoff of the mentalist’s tricks takes too long to be satisfying. And where other Mischief shows are family-friendly, this one features too many off-the-cuff curse words for kids. It might be best enjoyed by a stag party or friend group after a round or two of drinks.”
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Theatermania
November 19th, 2023

“That’s not to say that some of the acts don’t impress. One involving a guillotine is a real jaw-dropper. But in the end, Lewis seems less interested in wowing us with his skills of illusion and uncanny perception than in getting us to laugh — and he does, big time. That’s the real magic.”
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Lighting & Sound America
November 27th, 2023

"If you've seen the other '...Goes Wrong' productions, there is little sense of surprise, and, before long, a feeling of sameness sets in; you can set the setups from a mile away. Two hours is far too long for this sort of mechanical gaggery; some ruthless editing would improve the show markedly."
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New York Stage Review
November 19th, 2023

“ ‘Mind Mangler’ provides a fair amount of entertainment; and if you bring the kids, so much the better as it provides them with adult entertainment they can howl at and feel quite sophisticated. While this is not a kid’s show, the performance attended had a fair amount of the 6-to-19 set, who were not only altogether delighted but in some cases just about standing on their seats with joy.”
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TheaterScene.net
December 4th, 2023

"Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion," starring the genial, but daffy, Henry Lewis, is part of the “gone wrong” franchise by Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields: "Peter Pan Goes Wrong" and "The Play that Goes Wrong," the latter of which is still playing in the same theater complex as "Mind Mangler." Like its sister shows, this is a goofy, but intelligent mix of silliness and sophistication.
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Theater Pizzazz
November 19th, 2023

“All of the ‘illusions’ were well-known, but the audience’s willingness to play along created the craic (fun). Some of the biggest laughs were from attendees’ responses. Mr. Lewis masterfully worked the audience interactions, which were infinitely more entertaining than the tricks.”
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Front Row Center
November 20th, 2023

“Though the audience was full of children on the afternoon I attended, the play is marginally family-friendly, and Lewis often seemed more bothered than amused at having to deal with the kids, especially when a precocious fourteen-year-old played havoc with one of the audience’s participatory bits.”
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Stage Buddy
November 30th, 2023

“With only two characters and one basic plot line in ‘Mind Mangler,’ the joke felt like it was the same. Although some of the illusions actually worked, they are overshadowed by the planned screw-ups. However, if you were actively involved and perhaps even one of the group of 40 in the theater the day I attended, you probably loved ‘Mind Mangler’.”
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