For our 2014 Interview with Simon Painter, a Producer of The Illusionists, go here.
The Illusionists premiered in Sydney, Australia in January 2012 with a cast of seven conjurors. Since then a number of different companies of the show and spin-off productions have toured throughout the world. In each version of The Illusoinists, the magicians are billed with descriptive nicknames indicating their specialty. In the upcoming Broadway company Adam Trent is positioned as "The Futurist," Oake performs as "The Grand Illusionist," Cloud is billed as "The Deductionist," Lim is heralded as "The Manipulator," and Crawford is known as "The Sorceress."
Adam Trent is a veteran of The Ilusionists' first foray to Broadway in 2014. In that production he was featured in a segment in which he interacted with a large video wall, causing items to appear and disappear into the high-tech screen and using it as a moving backdrop to create the illusion of motion and other effects. Trent returned to Broadway with The Illusionists in 2015 and later toured in a solo magic production sponsored by the show's producers. Among other accomplishments he stars in a 10-episode Netflix series in which he performs magic for people he meets while travelling abroad.
Darcy Oake gained visibility on Britain's Got Talent where he was a finalist in the competition in 2014. He also has appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and has made a number of high profile appearances including a performance at a 90th birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth.
Chloe Crawford was a magic assistant to Murray Sawchuck in Las Vegas and then performed in Criss Angel's touring show The Supernaturalists and eventually in his Las Vegas show MindFreak Live. Crawford gained recognition as a solo magic act on the 2015 season of Britain's Got Talent in which she impressed the judges with a series of stage illusions.
Colin Cloud is a mentalist who bills himself as the "Sherlock Holmes of entertainment." He has appeared on both Britain's Got Talent and America's Got Talent as well as Penn & Teller: Fool Us. He also toured in The Illusionists - Live from Broadway, a previous version of the magic revue. As Colin McLeod he has released a variety of well-received publications and effects to the magic community.
Shin Lim was a winner of the FISM competition in 2015 for card magic and is one of the finalists in the current season of America's Got Talent. He also appeared twice on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, fooling the magicians both times. He is known for performing extended card magic routines, set to music, which involve multiple transformations and transpositions. Lim also has released a series of videos and other products for magicians interested in learning his routines.
Light Balance is a dance troupe from Dnipro City, Ukraine. They competed on Britain's Got Talent in 2014 and then on America's Got Talent in 2017 where they finished third place in the competition.
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