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The Illusionists 2.0: Profound artistry and nail biting anticipation

The Illusionists 2.0: Profound artistry and nail biting anticipation

| On 22, Jan 2014

The Illusionists 2.0 has brought the future generation of magic to life with a highly energetic performance. The grand illusion is so brilliant, words cannot compare.

On opening night, a live force of energy ran through the 1,600 seats of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Concert Hall.

When the lights dimmed and the explosion of illumination began, a wave of silence washed across the theatre. The crowd eagerly awaited a jaw dropping performance.

Six bold men came together on one stage, each with their own tricks up their sleeves to impress Brisbane with the art of magic.

However, the term ‘the show must go on’ had never felt more real for the team of incredibly talented magicians. They continued their Australian tour in honor of their friend Dr Scott Lewis. The renowned Hypnotist, whose tragic sudden death shocked Australia, has remained in the hearts of many loyal fans.

Despite performing solo in the past, the gang of superheroes worked seamlessly together. Before the audience knew what hit them, the international magicians began blasting a reign of fire for a memorable night of grand illusion.

The Master Magician Luis De Matos opened the wild and eccentric performance to see the enthusiastic crowd clutching their three-dimensional glasses to their faces with great intensity and astonishment.

Bringing interactive technologies to the 21st century of magic and dancing his way in and out of eye-popping illusions, Futurist Adam Trent, a ‘Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield’ character, described The Illusionists 2.0 as a “feast for the senses.”

Similar to the Wizard of Oz who played with fire, smoke and new machinery, the groups use of exhilarating technologies had the audience frozen in their seats.

Never again will the phrase ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ have more meaning. Children were left flabbergasted and adults became ‘big kids’ left yearning for another round of magic. Perhaps the illusionists themselves have even inspired a future magician or two amongst the crowd.

Act by act, unsuspecting individuals were invited on stage and into the live mix of the impossible, the unusual and the death defying.

Amongst the stalls, imaginations were running wild, as no act was the same as the previous.

The magicians who dared to shock Concert Hall’s full house with their dangerous stunts and trickery was the unsuspecting British-born Deceptionist James More and the risky Belguim-born Warrior, Aaron Crow.

With daring devil acts of dark magic, they took lasers, stakes and knives in all hands. What would normally be classed in the category of impossibilities sent chills through the spines of those plucked from the crowd.

While participants were challenged in games of chicken, the electrifying mix of non-mainstream magic, danger and anticipation took spectators out of their comfort zones. It was truly an amazing sight.

Unlike your typical magic show, More said his audience gave him “gasps of adrenaline rushes and shocks,” as though entertainment had turned to fear.

The crowd was not able to settle yet as they were transferred between emotions like piggy in the middle.

In every challenging act the team worked in cohesion, bouncing off each other’s energy and altering every mood to their own. However, it was not without practice as they developed their energy behind the spotlight.

“We all care so much about our work and each other’s work,” stated The Unusualist Raymond Crowe.

“So during our time together if we see a problem or think of an idea we share it with each other,” Crowe revealed, “This is a high point for [him].”

So it is no wonder that the thunderstruck crowd were never meant to be in for just a show; they were strapped to a rollercoaster of excitement where every loop went upside down.


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Appearing in a puff of smoke, the hilariously quirky Crowe locked eyes with many who dared to step on to the stage for something more than rabbit hat tricks.

The mastermind behind comedy, magic and invention took crowd interaction to new heights. Crowe pulled on the heartstrings of many and even evoked the occasional sequel. Soon after he broke any tension as roars of laughter sent an earthquake along the theatre floor.

Although it is never over until the final song is sung. Beneath the emotive lyrics stood The Manipulator Yu Ho-Jin, the youngest amongst the group and the one who stole the show. He elicited breathtaking beauty and grace as his agile fingers danced poetically through his solo performance, hypnotising the crowd with his fine manipulation. As his newfound fans cheered for his brilliance, a wave of modesty and gratitude for his audience washed across his face.

As the endless reign of clapping came over the final act in Concert Hall like thunder, the words of De Matos came to mind once again. He believed the audience was “amazed with the overall experience.”

Six great magicians gave true justice to the word ‘magic’ as they brought an unforgettable and thrilling climax to the live performance.

The Illusionists 2.0 demonstrated nothing less than profound artistry and nail biting anticipation in a magnificent performance that has taken the world by storm.

The Details:

What: The Illusionists 2.0
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
When: 19 January to 27 January 2014
How Much: $79.00 to $99.00

The Illusionists 2.0. Images provided by QPAC

Video content provided by QPAC. Edited by author Katherine Lamont