Monday, 17 December 2018

Be under no illusion – you’ll be amazed

TRICKSTERS, swindlers and cheats are set to astound the audience after being welcomed into the Hexagon

TRICKSTERS, swindlers and cheats are set to astound the audience after being welcomed into the Hexagon on Saturday, April 25.

The award–winning team of five world class illusionists who make up Champions of Magic complete their spring tour at the Reading theatre.

The production fuses classic and contemporary magic with stunning lighting, video and special effects to create a spectacular experience for all ages.

The performers – illusionists Young & Strange, close–up magician Fay Presto, visual magic expert Edward Hilsum and mind reader Alex McAleer – have a wealth of television experience including on ITV’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

The show uses more than 50 pyrotechnic pieces, six air cannons, 10 industrial fans and six smoke machines to create stunning sequences which had health and safety people seriously concerned.



Two officers arrived during rehearsals and asked to inspect the giant fan used by Young & Strange, in which they attempt to walk through the steel blades which spin at more than 80mph.

Once they found it to be real they said the trick could not go ahead unless they received a full report on how the effect was achieved as they failed to understand how it could be done without serious harm to the performers.

A week later the officers received a package containing a desk fan, an Action Man doll and a suggestion they work it out for themselves.

The illusionists have not yet heard from them.

Champions of Magic premiered at the Hexagon on October 16, 2013 and has now been seen by nearly 20,000 people across the UK and Channel Islands.

Full–price tickets cost £21.50 from www.reading arts.com/thehexagon or see www.championsofmagic.co.uk for more information.



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