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The Illusionists 2.0 -- The Future of Magic Has Arrived

The future of magic has arrived!
2 to 13 September
Live at The Civic, Auckland

The next generation of magic is coming to town! THE ILLUSIONISTS 2.0 -- a stunning sequel to the box-office smashing 2013 season of The Illusionists – is announced for Auckland’s The Civic theatre this September.

Featuring seven masters of mental and optical illusion, THE ILLUSIONISTS 2.0 is a brand new production that will propel New Zealand audiences into the future of magic and illusion, using cutting-edge visual effects.

A fast-paced, high-energy powerhouse performance, THE ILLUSIONISTS 2.0 gives audiences the chance to witness the magical genius of the world's greatest stars and their genre, each with a unique skill that has won them countless fans globally.

Whether it's the deadly arts of The Warrior, or the high-risk tricks and stunts of The Deceptionist, THE ILLUSIONISTS 2.0 will leave audiences rubbing their eyes in disbelief. Edgy, exciting and most of all fun, it's the perfect live entertainment show.

'Forget abracadabra and rabbits jumping out of hats because The Illusionists 2.0 will make you question whether Harry Potter really is the chosen one.' Adelaide Advertiser

PEOPLE WHO PURCHASED TICKETS TO THE FIRST SEASON OF THE ILLUSIONISTS WILL HAVE EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO TICKETS THIS FRIDAY. THE TICKETMASTER AND AUCKLAND LIVE PRE SALES START ON MONDAY 16 JUNE AND GENERAL PUBLIC CAN PURCHASE AS OF THURSDAY 19 JUNE.

VENUE: The Civic
SEASON: From Tuesday 2 September to Saturday 13 September
TIMES: Tues & Sun, 6.30pm, Wed to Sat 7.30pm,
Matinees – Sat, 2.30pm, Sun, 1pm
BOOKINGS: 0800 111 999 or ticketmaster.co.nz
TICKETS: From $69.90*
Family and Under 16 ticket prices available

THE MASTER MAGICIAN – Luis De Matos
He's the king of conjuring, a superhero of stage illusion. Prepare to be astonished as one of the most renowned magicians of all time pushes the boundaries of the believable with a series of spectacular tricks and stunts that will redefine your idea of what is real.

Hailing from Portugal, he's a multi-award-winning performer and host of the BBC's “The Magicians” – a superstar of sorcery and a maestro of mentalism with a flair for the theatrical. His use of cutting-edge video techniques makes him truly one of a kind. You'll be bewitched by The Master Magician!

THE WARRIOR – aaron crow
He's the ultimate strong, silent type – the man who has mastered some of the most dangerous acts of mentalism on stage without uttering a single word!

Using swords, paintball guns and highly powerful crossbows, Belgium's foremost international magic sensation creates acts that are as unusual as they are entertaining, leaving you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Little wonder he took the planet by storm after winning first place at the World Championships of Magic. Prepare to defend yourself against The Warrior.


THE DECEPTIONIST – james more
He's dark, handsome and a master of modern magic – combining a powerful stage presence with an outstanding talent for the art of illusion.

One of the rising stars of the scene, this British-born, enigmatic character has a smart, slick approach, delivering fast-paced, high-risk tricks and stunts that have been witnessed by millions of people around the world. His many charms have seen him win over international audiences through appearances on major television shows that include ITV's primetime entertainment extravaganza, Fool Us, where he performed for Penn & Teller and Jonathan Ross.
Prepare to fall for the dark arts of The Deceptionist.

THE MANIPULATOR – yu ho-jin
He's renowned as one of the most masterful sleight-of-hand artists in the world, with dazzling dexterity and the ability to fool even the fastest eye. You'll never figure out how he does it, because he'll always keep his secrets up his sleeve.

Originally from South Korea, he has conquered stages around the world, winning multiple international illusion competitions, the highlight being 2012's FISM – the Golden Globes of the magic community. His act has become the benchmark of illusion.
Now you see it, now you don't – meet The Manipulator.


THE FUTURIST – adam trent
He's a star for a new generation of magic fans, fusing classic techniques, dancing, comedy and technology in a show that shatters stereotypes for those who think they've seen it all.

His edgy, fun style has been described as 'Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield' and has put him on a fast-track to global fame. He's performed more than 300 live shows in 19 different countries over the past year and his star is still rising, with two major television shows set to air in the United States this October. He's the next big thing – bring on The Futurist.

THE TRICKSTER – JEFF HOBSON
The showman of all showman returns to Auckland, he stole everyone’s hearts and a few watches last time and now he is back trickier than ever.

The host of Las Vegas and is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. He leaves audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down. Don't be fooled by his innocent appearance.
The Trickster will get you every time...!

"Hobson steals the show like a slick bank robber." New York Daily News

"A whirlwind of fabulousness that simply cannot be contained." Las Vegas Review Journal

THE UNUSUALIST – raymond crowe
He'll make you laugh, cheer and gasp. He's a home-grown hero – an entertainer extraordinaire of the most unconventional kind. Magician, comedian, mime artist, inventor and master of illusion, he's a multifaceted Aussie genius who keeps you guessing until the last moment.

He's performed alongside Bon Jovi and Russell Brand, and for David Letterman, earned a standing ovation from more than 3,000 magicians at an international convention, and was the only Australian chosen to perform on the famous NBC television special, The World's Greatest Magic. Expect a rare treat with The Unusualist.

ENDS

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