• Carol A. Gerner

Review: The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Although I received some form of compensation and this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. This post is brought to you by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

With the holidays in full effect, the atmosphere has been filled with exhaustion and for me a lack of the Christmas magic. So many things to do and so little time. I need a break. You know God has a way of sneaking things into my life that will fix my problems without me even realizing. He pointed me to Heinz Hall.

Let me tell you, man was he right. The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays was just the thing I needed. The lights, sounds, energy, audience participation and of course magic tricks were amazing. This action packed family show will have you in a constant state of wonder. You do not want to miss it.

“Ring in the holidays with the mind-blowing spectacular, The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. “

Performer bios:

The Elusive, Valentin Azema With a French touch, a bit of humor and a limitless passion for the art of magic, you will share with Valentin a one-of-a-kind experience of wonder and mystery.

Valentin Azema in The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays (courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Trickster, Darren Partridge, aka Dizzy – My favorite Dizzy’s wild combination of magic, physical comedy, and theatrical thievery, delivered with mischievous British charm, leaves his audiences both spellbound and gasping for breath—an experience you will not believe and will never forget.

Darren “Dizzy” Partridge as “The Trickster” in The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays (courtesy of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

The Transformationalists, Sos & Victoria The lightning-fast and world-famous Quick-Change artists, Sos & Victoria, have perfected their modern interpretation of traditional performance art by combining fashion, stage-craft and sleight-of-hand in a display that has dazzled audiences all over the world. Masters of quick couture, this dapper duo are always prepared and dressed to impress. A flick of the wrists, a twist, and a twirl are all it takes for them to transmute their apparel into looks for any occasion. There is only one thing Sos & Victoria don’t ‘quick change’… their ability to be the absolute best at what they do!

The Daredevil, Jonathan Goodwin – My 8 year old’s favorite British-born Daredevil and Escape Artist Jonathan is widely considered one of the most creative, skilled, and frankly crazy stunt performers in the world; he has been described as “the world’s greatest theatrical daredevil.” Goodwin has been hanged, buried alive, hung by his toes from helicopters, burned at the stake, attacked by sharks, bitten by rattlesnakes, dodged arrows, and climbed under moving cars.

Jonathan Goodwin stars as the “Daredevil” in The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays (courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

The Manipulator, Florian Sainvet Born in Bordeaux, France, Florian Sainvet began his career in magic at the age of sixteen, but it was while devouring his favorite science fiction films and universes at his beloved neighborhood cinema that he discovered his true calling as a futuristic manipulator and illusionist.

Florian Sainvet in The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays (courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

The Showman, Steve Valentine In the last 20 years, Steve has appeared in over 250 hours of TV and film, carving out a unique place for himself in show business, constantly changing and morphing into a myriad of wild, quirky, funny, dangerous and always unique characters.

The Delusionist, Stuart MacLeod A Scottish BAFTA nominee, Stuart MacLeod has created some of the most controversial magic on television, played to sell-out crowds all over the world, and racked up over 100 million views on YouTube.

For more information about the show click here: https://trustarts.org/production/63017/the-illusionists-magic-of-the-holidays

God Bless – Carol

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