Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders
Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders

Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders NYC Reviews and Tickets

(160 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Clever, Masterful, Delightful, Funny

About the Show

Blending art and illusion with his captivating style, master illusionist Vitaly Beckman’s new theatrical experience retraces his journey from a boy with a dream to a man with a vision.

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
Absorbing, Family-friendly, Endearing, Clever, Fun

See it if you enjoy magic. Altho some illusions are repetitive, all are enjoyable. You'll grow to like Vitaly...and be dazzled. Fun to sit close.

Don't see it if you want real theater. Takes awhile to warm to EOW, but you will. Borat meets Seinfeld! Some lame jokes. Audience particip. For adults/kids.

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
Edgy, Refreshing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like magic. Photo was the best. Very talented. Interesting show.

Don't see it if If you want traditional play or a musical or if you don't like audience participation.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
Entertaining, Masterful, Refreshing, Clever, Delightful

See it if you want to relax with some great illusions, laugh a little and be entertained by a warm personality.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play or musical. This is a one-person show-of-wonder with audience participation.

677 Reviews | 186 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Crowd-pleasing

See it if you seek a pleasant, harmless, uncontroversial, family-friendly evening of magic & illusion from a masterful & oddly charming practitioner.

Don't see it if you expect the Vegas-style production values of D Copperfield, sharp wit of Penn & Teller or storytelling/performance art of In & Of Itself.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great magic, Fascinating

See it if you like magic and delight in being fooled, want to see innovative tricks, enjoy the company of 1 person on stage and audience participation

Don't see it if not a fan of magic, expect a lot of special effects, not a fan of audience involvement,

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Russian illusionist brings gravity-defying manifestations to the stage. Ten illusions and 12 volunteers bring inoffensive tricks o'trade.

Don't see it if Parlour tricks best suited for the table than the stage. Sketch pad and playing card reliant. Don't put your personal info on blast! 75 min.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
Entertaining, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if Phenomenal tricks including 3 different liquids in 3 different glasses & the infamous "drivers license" trick. This guy has been on TV too!

Don't see it if You don't like magic and illusion shows. But give it a try; you'll love it! 80 minutes including a 3 minute "pause".

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
Entertaining, Several wow illusions

See it if Want to see the new type of mentalism/illusions that're now prevalent. Vitaly's engaging & a few of his tricks are quite mindboggling.

Don't see it if Want every trick to amaze. It feels a tad unsophisticated & some bits are repetitive. But! Those that land are great. Audience participation Read more

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
June 26th, 2018

“Beckman is toothy and jokey, charisma-proof, but somehow likable...Patter was straight-up terrible, with gags about controlling wives, doctors’ handwriting and van Gogh’s ear. If several of the tricks feel original, nearly all of them feel hokey...Beckman has a deft and surprising way with Photoshop. If you are ever longing for a sorcerous way to improve the picture on your driver’s license, he is definitely the magician to call...Less an evening of wonder, than an evening of ‘Hunh? O.K.’”
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Time Out New York
July 12th, 2018

"There are delightful moments in this showcase for the Russian-Israeli-Canadian illusionist Vitaly, and even a few beautiful ones...Magic isn’t bought, it’s sold, and that's where Vitaly stumbles. While his gawky demeanor and unimposing delivery are endearing in a way, they can't anchor a full-length evening; his creative illusions deserve better set-ups than corny jokes, scattered crowd work and a vague suggestion of the supernatural."
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July 31st, 2018

“Beckman’s perfectly charming 80-minute a far cry from the grand spectacles of magic and illusion that occasionally pop up on Broadway. There's no sexy dramatics...He's just a friendly guy with some corny jokes and a playful desire to make people want to smile."
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June 22nd, 2018

“Entertaining...The youthful, athletic, beaming, and unconventionally handsome Beckman holds forth for 75 delightful minutes with his slight native Russian accent. Though there’s not a big wow factor on display there’s enough cool sequences to make the production quite enjoyable for both adults and children...A crafty program of accomplished trickery and artful patter that Beckman smoothly delivers.”
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Theatre is Easy
June 28th, 2018

“The endearing Beckman has a cheesy flare for the dramatic, which works against his incredible talent as an illusionist...While his technique is incredibly precise, the illusions are often only mildly interesting...Lack the originality and personal touch that might differentiate him from other illusionists...For some, Beckman's talent will be enough; others, may find the theatricality to leave something to be desired.”
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Theater Pizzazz
June 23rd, 2018

“Beckman is an astounding magician and illusionist. He’s created a fun evening that will dazzle audiences of all ages with tricks that impress...Intimate-scale magic. Working on a mostly bare stage with a few tables and chairs, backed by a projection screen, he demonstrates, with modest props, a series of charmingly baffling illusions. He brings art to life a number of times in extremely creative and amazing ways.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
June 21st, 2018

"Much to my surprise, I was delighted by the energetic and charming Vitaly and his 'Evening of Wonders'...It is the best magic show I have seen in ages...I know I was flabbergasted and intrigued throughout...Which is exactly how a magic show, I think, should leave you, desperate to figure out just how did he do that wondrous thing."
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Broadway Blog
June 24th, 2018

"Beckman’s goofy, self-proclaimed Seinfeld-like charm quickly wins over the audience with a range of tricks that he mostly pulls off without a hitch...'Vitaly’s' most magical moments involve Beckman’s love of art, in which he draws figures on a sketchpad. Before our eyes, the thick, black lines move into something entirely new, and with a slow wave of his hand over the image, they transform into color, then three-dimensional, and eventually fly off the page."
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