by Dave Massey BrumHour
Impossible tour comes to Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre
Impossible, calls itself “the Biggest Magic Show ever to play the west end”, embarks on its first ever UK Tour coming to Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre 16th to 20th February
Last week at Everyman Cinema in the Mailbox Birmingham we were treated to a glimpse of what the Impossible tour contains.
Chris Cox, delightfully called @bigcox on twitter introduced himself to Birmingham as the son of Sue Perkins and this wasn’t the only impossible thing to he would claim this 90 minutes. I’m kidding he was great but I just wanted to say that line.
He introduced the excellent Richard @MagicalBones Essien who back flipped his way through a great card trick and Jonathan @TheDaredevil Goodwin who not only got a member of the public to lay on a bed of nails but he lay on a single huge nail by himself and the got a member of the public to smash a concrete block on his chest with a sledgehammer!
As for Chris Cox himself, he demonstrated the he is an excellent mind reader with his elaborate mind reading tricks.
I was rather hoping to see Lee Thompson too, who performed his own magic card tricks for me at Grand Central, Birmingham before Christmas but he wasn’t at the preview sadly.
This looks to be a great show for those that like magic. If you are someone who doesn’t like magic you might be a little stuffed unless you are there to try and pick holes in the magic itself which might just be a bit of a struggle!
I really enjoyed the preview myself and suggest that you buy tickets for the magic person in your life.
It’s at the New Alexandra Theatre from 16th to 20th February and you can book tickets here: atgtickets.com/venues/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/
Here’s what the press release said:
“IMPOSSIBLE, the most dangerous show the West End has ever seen, will arrive at the Mayflower Theatre in spring 2016 before embarking on its inaugural UK tour, visiting Liverpool, Birmingham, Sunderland, Stoke, Edinburgh and Manchester. The show features the world’s greatest illusionists live on stage in a magic spectacular that will thrill and amaze audiences of all ages.
“Fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast-paced breath-taking performance, IMPOSSIBLE reinvents the biggest illusions in history in the greatest magic show on earth.
“Fresh from its ground-breaking run in London’s West End, audience should prepare to be mesmerized and baffled as IMPOSSIBLE brings together world-class performers showing off a stunning range of magical artistry.
Lloyd Wood (Director): “The Impossible team are embarking on an extraordinarily exciting journey bringing together masters of their craft from the UK and abroad to demonstrate their exceptional skill, dexterity and fearlessness presenting original and inventive stage magic.
Exploring the feats of the impossible with grand illusion, sleight of hand, daredevil escapology and mind-blowing mentalism we aim to inspire and thrill our audiences from all around the UK whilst taking them on a journey through the light and dark of magic, mysticism and mystery across the ages.”
Jamie Hendry (Producer): “I am thrilled that after the phenomenal reception audiences of all ages gave Impossible in London’s West End, we will be touring the show around the UK featuring bigger illusions and spectacles than ever seen in the show before. I’m delighted to see so many magic shows open since Impossible launched last year proving the magic really is back!”
Impossible is produced by Jamie Hendry Productions and was directed in the West End by Anthony Owen and Lloyd Wood. The tour is directed by Lloyd Wood with scenic design by Andrew D. Edwards, lighting design by Tim Lutkin and sound design by Gareth Owen.
For more information and to view video footage, please visit the official website ImpossibleLive.com
On Facebook at: Facebook.com/ImpossibleTheShow
On Twitter at: Twitter.com/ImpossibleShow
Call the Box Office: 0844 871 3011 (bkg fee) Groups 10+: 0844 871 3031
Online: atgtickets.com/birmingham (bkg fee)
I was invited to this event by New Alexandra Theatre for free and wrote the first part of this post myself. The second half came from the press release. This is a preview rather than a critical review.