A review of Ben Hart’s magic performance in London goes like this:
“Hart is a master of sleight of hand, manipulating playing cards, ‘wishes’ in a glass and even removing his watch, ring and money from his wallet before making them reappear where they all were.
His opening gambit about time is a bit wordy, but Hart quickly proves himself to be a captivating host, with cheeky jokes, quick thinking and great comic timing.
It’s a varied show with card tricks, prediction, tapping people using only shadows and even the classic circus trick of linking rinks together—except this isn’t done with stage props, but rings gathered from members of the audience. Hart is a thoroughly versatile magician, and his well-crafted show explores questions about the power of mystery over knowledge.
Fresh from his magical adventure in Europe, Hart comes to the Philippines for the first time to promote the Metro Manila leg of Impossible for the holiday season from December 25 to January 3. Hart was a part of world-class magicians in the first major magic show staged in London’s West End for 25 years. Impossible ran at the newly restored Noel Coward Theatre on July 25.
Meeting the Metro Manila media for the first time, it looks like Hart would be a big hit among the Philippine audience. He’s young and handsome, of heartthrob stature, witty and charismatic. You would think he is a boy-band member or a male supermodel for his tall built. And, while performing his magic tricks, you see a young boy enjoying his tricks and antics.
He is barely 26 years old after all, who started performing tricks at a young age of 6. From then on, he said there was no stopping of him discovering new tricks. At the age of 16, he won the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year Award, and his most recent show Belief sold out to astonished audiences. He starred in BBC 3’s Killer Magic, where his unique and unorthodox approaches amazed audiences across the country and has recently been seen wowing BBC’s The Voice coaches.
Catch Ben Hart during the holiday season at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and closeup magic in a fast-paced, breathtaking performance, Impossible reinvents the biggest illusions in history in the greatest magic show on earth.
Audiences should prepare to be mesmerized and baffled, as Impossible brings together six world-class performers showing off a stunning range of magical artistry. Performing along with Hart are Magical Bones, South London street conjurer and breakdancing master who considered the world’s best hip-hop magician; Ali Cook, a daring escapologist, sleight of hand expert, stage illusionist and performer of thought control; Chris Cox, an award-winning mind reading specialist who is known his multi-award winning tour Fatal Distraction; Josephine Lee, the world’s leading female illusionist who is the fastest in the business, breaking the world record for the most number of illusions performed in 5 minutes with the world-renowned Hans Klok; and Bello Nock, America’s favorite comic Daredevil, whose jaw-dropping stunts make him one of the most exciting live performers in the world today.
Tickets are now available at all TicketNet outlets or online via TicketNet.com.ph.