FOLLOWING record-breaking runs in New York, London and Asia, the Illusionists Direct From Broadway will be in South Africa for the first time, opening at GrandWest on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 and ending on Sunday, February 11, 2018. The show then moves to Montecasino’s Teatro in Johannesburg.

Brought here by Showtime Management and BBC Brit, this mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists have shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Mark Kalin

Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance. These world class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past such as Harry Houdini and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, and whose set and costumes design lend the genre theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen. Collectively they have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the first time.

With the conclusion of the 2016 – 2017 season, The Illusionists Direct From Broadway holds the record as the highest grossing show in a single week at the Marquis and Neil Simon Theatres (Broadway), the Shaftesbury Theatre (West End), the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia), the Arts Centre Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia), and the Auditorio Nacional (Mexico City, Mexico). Creative producer Simon Painter said: “Everyone at The Illusionists is thrilled to be coming to South Africa; 2017 proved to be an amazing year for the production and we are excited to keep that momentum going.”

Ben Blacque


The Illusionists Direct From Broadway is produced by The Works Entertainment. For more information, go to, follow on Twitter: @Illusionists7, or on Facebook.

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Mark Kalin,  “The Showman”,  is one of the seven Illusionists performing in Cape Town and Johannesburg in February 2018. Kalin is one of the most influential magicians of the last decade, bringing his amazing illusions to casino stages, performing arts centres, television shows. Together with Jinger Leigh (“The Conjuress”, who will also be in SA with The Illusionists) they presented the largest stage illusion of all time, vanishing an American Airlines jumbo jet at the Reno Hilton.

Ben Blaque, “The Weapon Master”, established himself as America’s foremost master of the crossbow after appearing four times on America’s Got Talent. Ben Blaque’s acts are as thrilling and action-packed as they are entertaining and will leave every audience member on the edge of their seat.


DATES: Wednesday February 7 to Sunday February 11, 2018
VENUE: GrandWest
SHOW TIMES: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8pm
Saturday 3pm, 8pm; Sunday 2pm, 6pm
TICKET PRICES: from R250-R500
Family packages and group booking discounts are available. For a 30% discount on tickets for the first performance, use the code SHOWTIME

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PG is advised for young children

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