Sunday, September 6, 2015



The world of magic has always been a mysterious realm, clouded with the supernatural, stuffed with trickery, punctuated with illusions.  Whatever you label it, magicians or prestidigitators or conjurors defy easy description as they do the seemingly impossible right before your unbelieving eyes.

While the first book of magic tricks was published in England in 1584, the art dates back to the early Greeks.  Along the way, the exotic entertainment has been advanced by the likes of Harry Houdini, David Blaine, Doug Henning, Criss Angel and David Copperfield.

Hold on to your socks and your hat, as there’s a new crop of magic makers ready to astonish and amaze you with their skills and talents.  Seven of them will gather at one place, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, for a series of performances, Tuesday, September 22 through Sunday, September 27 and you’re invited to attend…if you dare.

Straight from the Big Apple and a multi-city tour, “The Illusionists-Live from Broadway” is eager to provide mind-shattering stunts that will leave you with your mouth hanging open and your brain full of fireworks.  Starting with Yu Ho-Jin, named the 2014 “Magician of the Year,” better known as The Manipulator, a man who has been performing tricks in his native South Korea since he was nine, you will also experience the lightning speed antics of Dan Sperry, termed the Anti-Conjuror for his unique macabre style of magic and Jeff Hobson, the Trickster, who adds glamour and humor to this performance. Then you’ll meet Andrew Basso, the Escapologist, from Italy who will bring Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell to the stage.  He will be followed by Kevin James, the Inventor, who focuses on the strange and the bizarre, creating his own special style of mystery.

Ben Blasque, the Weapon Master, will use a crossbow to get his sharply defined message across while the Daredevil, Jonathan Goodwin from England, will defy death in a dizzying array of ways.

Be shocked. Be amazed.  Be anything but absent as “The Illusionists” perform Tuesday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  For tickets, ($21 and up), call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at

For outrageous fun and utterly mind-expanding astonishment, look no further than this incredible bag of tricksters called “The Illusionists."

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