Champions of Magic

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Champions of Magic is a touring illusion show featuring a cast of five magicians, each specializing in a different type of magic from mind reading & close-up to stage filling grand illusions.[1][2][3][4]

History[edit]

Champions of Magic opened in the UK in October 2013 at Reading Hexagon Theatre[5] and has since completed 6 UK tours and a run in London.[6] The show completed a US tour in 2017 which was extended due to demand, concluding in March 2018. This included an extended run at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. To date the show has been seen by over 300,000 people[7] and received positive reviews.[8][9][10]

Cast[edit]

The show regularly features illusionists Young & Strange, acclaimed[11] mind reader Alex McAleer, escapologist Fernando Velasco and close-up magician Kayla Drescher.

They have a number of onstage assistants alongside an aerialist.

Performance[edit]

The production features mostly original magic that was created or devised by the performers and production designers. The show is known for its production including a large lighting rig and pyrotechnic effects.[12][13]

Television appearances[edit]

The cast of the show have appeared on television multiple times including:

Programme Channel Performer
The Next Great Magician ITV Young & Strange
Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon NBC Young & Strange
Today Tonight Channel 7 (Australia) Alex McAleer
Good Morning Britain ITV Alex McAleer
Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season 1 ITV Young & Strange
Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season 4 The CW (USA) Young & Strange
Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season 4 The CW (USA) Kayla Drescher
The Today Show NBC (USA) Kayla Drescher
Link Segment Disney Channel Richard Young

Charity[edit]

As part of their 2016 and 2018 UK tour the production held a performance exclusively for children from UK charity Rays of Sunshine at the Mermaid Theatre in London.[14]

When touring they also support Tickets For Troops[15] who provide free tickets to members of the armed forces and their families and Tickets For Kids which provides free tickets to disadvantaged children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WATCH: Mind-blowing magicians set to mesmerise Hertford Theatre". Hertfordshire Mercury. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Five things to see at . . . That's Fife! Comedy Festival". The List. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Circus 1903 comes to Austin with a new kind of elephant". mystatesman. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  4. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Air Supply, Paula Poundstone, Momix, Boston Pops and More Set for Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's 2017–18 Season". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^ Cook, Caroline (14 October 2013). "Champions of Magic at The Hexagon on Wednesday". getreading. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Just For Laughs – Champions of Magic". London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  7. ^ "THE BIG INTERVIEW: Champions of Magic prepare to dazzle Somerset audience". Somerset County Gazette. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Champions of Magic – five of the best". Hereford Times. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Review – Champions of Magic – Assembly Hall Theatre". The Sussex Newspaper. 27 March 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Theatre review: Champions of Magic 2016 at Charter Theatre, Preston". britishtheatreguide.info. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Alex McAleer Mindreader – Fringe World – Review". Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Champions of Magic – five of the best". Hereford Times. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  13. ^ "REVIEW: Champions of Magic, Theatre Royal, Winchester". Daily Echo. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Champions of Magic Perform For Rays of Sunshine". Rays of Sunshine. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Champions of Magic | Tickets for Troops". www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2017.