There’s only one week to go until the world masters of magic return to Brisbane with their spectacular production, The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway materialising in the Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) for a strictly limited season from 9 to 19 January 2019.
Queensland audiences are in for even more thrills with Australian daredevil Sam Powers, aka The Enigma, announced to join the Brisbane season of The Illusionists: Direct from Broadway.
Described by critics as a new breed of escape artist, Powers will attempt a death defying escape in a nail biting, edge-of-your-seat spectacle that would have Houdini turn in his grave. He will be suspended 30 feet in the air in a straitjacket under a flaming set of steel jaws, ready to be devoured once a thin rope burns through and the jaws come crashing shut with a half-tonne of brute force.
Powers has appeared on television before 50 million viewers with live performances in 21 countries across the globe, including the finale of Australia’s Got Talent, leaving Hollywood stars like Jamie Foxx gasping in amazement.
The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This year, The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway will continue to redefine magic and challenge audience expectations with large-scale stunts, levitation, mind reading, disappearance and daredevilry. This non-stop show is thrilling and sophisticated magic at its best, led by seven of the world’s most talented magicians and artists:
The Trickster, aka Paul Dabek, reveals exactly what’s up his sleeve and delves into his box of tricks while cheekily enchanting the audience with jaw-dropping hilarity;
The Mentalist, aka Chris Cox, a multi-award-winning mind manipulator whose mischievous sense of magic and wonder has been seen by over 300,000 people internationally;
Leonardo Bruno, known as The Alchemist, was born into magic as his grandfather was one of the most important magicians in Mexico and Latin America. Daring and unique in style, Bruno will leave audiences captivated and surprised;
The Showman, aka Mark Kalin, has been one of the most influential magicians of the last decade, bringing his distinctive, amazing large scale illusions to stages across the world;
The Conjuress, aka Jinger Leigh, is a modern sorceress with a unique blend of elegance and theatricality, which has redefined the role of the magician;
French-born Florian Sainvet, known as The Manipulator, discovered his calling as a futuristic manipulator and illusionist through his love for science fiction films at his local cinema; and
The Enigma, aka Sam Powers, who performs marvels so astounding that when filmed most people assume trick photography is involved.
Unfortunately, due to illness Robyn Sharpe (aka The Warrior) will not be appearing in Brisbane.
Simon Painter, Creative Producer, The Works Entertainment, says: “Bringing The Illusionists back to QPAC is a huge honour. The Illusionists now tours around the World 365 days a year across the United States, South America, South Africa, the Middle East and Europe, dazzling audiences of all ages. Our new show Direct From Broadway, is a fantastic opportunity for Brisbane audiences, families and visitors this summer to enjoy the very best magic and illusion acts from around the world.”
Combining the showmanship of the Harry Houdini era with contemporary stunts, visual effects and cutting-edge technology, The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway is an unmissable summer experience for the whole family.
Watch the trailer for The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway here.