Abracadabra, Expelliarmus, and hey presto, The Illusionists line-up this year has been revealed!
The world’s biggest-selling magic show is returning to the West End this summer for a strictly limited season. The mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.
The full line-up is:
The Showman James More
James is currently one of the world’s leading and most viral illusionists. You may recognise him from Britain’s Got Talent, when he appeared on the show in 2013. He went onto have the most watched audition from that particular series with over 80 million views on YouTube.
James has gone onto have huge success following his TV appearance, including sell-out tours in Russia, becoming the first British magician in history to appear on Broadway and performing in The Illusionists tour for two years across five continents. He’s performed at many iconic venues including London’s 02 Arena, The Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles and the Sydney Opera House.
The Unforgettable Enzo
An illusionist since the age of 11, Enzo has been honing his craft for many years. He even spent his time as an engineering student drawing up plans and learning to understand mechanics and electro-technics for his act.
His appearance on France’s Got Talent propelled him into the spotlight and within a few years, he was performing at some of the most prestigious events and festivals in Europe. In 2013, he returned to France’s Got Talent, where he wowed the audience once again by making a helicopter appear on stage, an act that had never been seen before on television. In 2015 at just 26 years old, he premiered his own show, Beyond Illusions at the famous Casino de Paris.
The Manipulator Yu Ho-Jin
Another illusionist who started his career at a young age, Yu Ho-Jin has been an illusionist since the age of nine.
Just a decade later, he turned the magic community upside-down and won the first prize in Stage Magic and Grand Prix at FISM World Championship of Magic 2012.
He is considered to be the most elegant and artistic manipulator alive by the world’s leading magicians, and is often referred to as “the future of magic”.
The Futurist Adam Trent
Adam inaugurated the first two record-breaking Broadway runs on the US tour of The Illusionists.
He’s appeared on several high-profile TV shows, including frequent appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, an NBC primetime TV special and his own 10-episode TV series.
The Mentalist Chris Cox
A multi-award winning ‘mind reader who can’t read minds’, Chris is the star of the TV shows Chris Cox’s Mind Boggling Magic (CBBC) and Killer Magic (BBC Three).
You may have already seen Chris’s work without even knowing it, as he’s the Magic and Illusions Assistant for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.
Also no stranger to The Illusionists tour, Chris has previously appeared in The Illusionists shows in Broadway, South Africa, Mexico, Australia, London and Dubai. He’s also performed five critically-acclaimed one-man solo Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows throughout the UK and New Zealand.
Chris has also appeared with One Direction at the BBC Music Awards (BBC), on America’s Got Talent (NBC), Heston Blumenthal’s Recipe For Romance (Channel 4), Now You See It (BBC One), How TV Changed Magic and The Mentalist Revealed (Channel 5), The Secret Of Star Wars (BBC) and The Project (Channel 9 Australia).
As a creator of magic for stage shows and other events, he has also worked on Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), Dan & Phil’s 2016 and 2018 World Tours, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Restaurant.
The Trickster Paul Dabek
Paul is well-known as one of the UK’s top entertainers, and has performed across six continents and headlined his own show in Las Vegas.
An accomplished magician, comedian and actor, Paul’s skills have won him critical acclaim. “A superb showman” (Time Out) the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians named him Young Magician of the Year and awarded him the British Shield.
Fast-paced, dynamic magic with quick-witted humour, Paul’s theatrical flair reaches the very back of the theatre.
The Daredevil Jonathan Goodwin
Jonathan is widely considered one of the most creative, skilled and frankly crazy stunt performers in the world.
In his act, Jonathan has been hanged, buried alive, hung by his toes from helicopters, burned at the stake, attacked by sharks and even sewn up inside a dead cow.
Jonathan has starred in numerous TV series including One Way Out for Discovery Channel and Dangerman: The Incredible Mr Goodwin for the BBC as well as Deathwish Live, How Not To Become Sharkbait and The Seven Stupidest Things to Escape From.
Collectively these performers have been seen by millions across the world, shattered box office records and dazzled audiences of all ages around the world with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This production will showcase their collective talents on stage together for the very first time.
This spectacular show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Prepare to witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance next summer!
The Illusionists will perform at The Shaftsbury Theatre from 6 July – 1st September. Tickets are on sale now!