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The Illusionists 1903

“Magic extravaganza” The New York Times

“Jaw-dropping” New York Daily News

“It’s deliciously, self-knowingly over the top and brain-bending spectacular – genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed.” Daily Telegraph

The world masters of magic are bringing a spectacle to Canberra, with their latest and most stylish production yet, The Illusionists 1903,coming to the Canberra Theatre Centre for a strictly limited season from 8 to 16 December 2015. A new show has now been added on Saturday 12 December, at 11am.

The Eccentric
Rooted in history as a part of the famed vaudevillian variety shows of the early 20th century, “The Eccentric” marries physical comedy with virtuosic skill and mastery, showcasing world-class juggling and sleight of hand in an act that keeps audiences laughing and applauding all at once.

The Immortal
“The Immortal” is the ultimate connoisseur of golden age magic, specialising in illusions which have stood the test of time.  His montage of turn-of-the-century grandeur includes the greatest levitation act in the world.

The Conjuress
A mistress of the occult and master of the mystical, “The Conjuress” highlights all that was beautiful and breathtaking during the Golden Age of Magic.  Her mesmerising and peaceful presence provides the perfect counterbalance to the more boisterous characters of the age.

The Showman
The “voice” of “1903”, “The Showman” lives for the accolades of the crowd.  Performing classic showstoppers such as the infamous and deadly bullet catch, his charisma and panache charm the audience, embodying what gave golden age magicians their meteoric rise to fame and popularity.

The Escapologist
Recreating the most iconic stunt in the history of magic, “The Escapologist” performs Houdini’s death-defying, turn-of-the-century escape from the “Water Torture Cell”.  Yes, he will be bound, shackled and submerged in water, with audiences witnessing the same near-death experience that enthralled patrons wherever the Great Houdini performed.

The Clairvoyants
No journey into the ‘Golden Age of Magic’ would be complete without “The Clairvoyants”.  These mentalists of the early twentieth century penetrate deep into the hearts and minds of even the most firm skeptic.

The Charlatan
“There’s a sucker born every minute” may have been a phrase coined by P.T. Barnum, but “The Charlatan” has made this his mantra.  Don’t be fooled by his simple, folksy demeanor, or you are likely to miss his tricky ways.

Come with us on journey back in time and watch in awe as the impossible is recreated live on stage at Canberra Theatre Centre these summer holidays in The Illusionists 1903.

Tickets on sale now via or call 02 6275 2700

Price/ $79-$99


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