Experiencing some magic this Christmas
Full of hilarious magic tricks and acts of breathtaking wonder, Impossible has been thrilling audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacle showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of six of the most incredible illusionists of this generation.
Promised to be a “show of superlatives,” it features a mix of trickery and illusion, outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage.
Production associate, Chris Hancock said, “The show has changed a lot since it started in London in 2015 – there are same cast members since we started, and some are new. Each time we go to a new venue, we think about what kind of show we want to bring. We try and secure the best people for the show, to bring (to the audiences) that scale and the biggest illusions.”
He added that the stage setup is right in the audience so everyone would feel involved. It means there’s an audience interaction with tricks being performed with the help of people chosen by the magicians themselves.
To give us a better glimpse of what’s going to happen in the live show, at the grand media launch of Impossible held at Novotel last Saturday, stage illusionist Ali Cook went down the stage and asked a few members of the press to gather around him. “I call this the magic circle,” he started then said in jest, “Come a bit closer until it becomes socially uncomfortable.”
This modern-day Houdini staged a pick-a-card trick involving the people that huddled around him. He asked one person to shuffle a deck of cards and another volunteer to pick one card out.
“I’m going to keep my back turned and I want you to show the card to everyone and make sure I can’t see the card,” he instructed the person he asked to choose one card, “You see, I haven’t done a show with a very small audience, this is going to be tricky.”
After the participant followed his instruction, he asked him to put the card back in the middle of the deck and left it on the floor. The deck of cards moved by itself and revealed the card the participant earlier showed to everyone.
“People think it’s madness. There’s no mirror, there’s no magnet, there’s no string,” he said while everyone was in awe and clapping their hands.
Prior to that magic trick, Cook had already performed two other tricks, which most of us were already familiar – the disappearing ring and the invisible deck of cards tricks. And yet, everyone was still amazed with the way the English escapologist, sleight of hand expert, and stage illusionist executed this “magic.”
Ali Cook is performing more mind blowing tricks along with Boundary-Breaking Magician Ben Hart, Explosive Street Magician Magical Bones, Mind-Blowing Mind-Reader Chris Cox, Grand Illusionist Josephine Lee, and Comic Daredevil Bello Nock in Impossible dubbed as the “World’s Greatest Magic Show.”
Impossible opened on Christmas day and will run until Jan. 3 at the Big Dome. Tickets are sold for as low as P160 available at ticketnet.com.ph.