Welcome to the danger zone: Meet the cast of Impossible live
Hold on to your top hats, because six of the world’s best illusionists are coming to Dubai and are about to blow your mind…
Proof that Dubai Opera is more than classical music, London’s popular West End illusion show takes over the stage for an epic five-day spectacular this month.
The show is called Impossible and much its acts seem just that – six of the finest illusionists from across the globe have joined forces to create the ultimate and most dangerous show Dubai has ever seen.
Its 2015 incarnation was criticised in the UK for its macho all-male line-up, but this year’s squad features two female conjurors: Sabine Van Diemen and Josephine Lee, both cutting-edge illusionists.
Prepare for bouts of mind reading, sleight of hand acts, jaw-dropping feats of strength, not to mention death-defying stunts, tricks and illusions and never before seen tricks that’ll leave you scratching your head or covering your eyes.
‘Bones’: The break-dancer
Richard Essien, better known as ‘Bones’, is a self-proclaimed break-dancing illusionist who’s been mastering his edgy card tricks since his tenth birthday.
Speciality: Sleight of hand
Move to look out for: Back-flip card trick
And now for my next trick… Bones is an established hip hop dancer and has worked with Madonna and Black Eyed Peas. Check out his moves in the video for Singin’ In The Rain by Mint Royals.
Sabine van Diemen: The conjuror
Dancing since she was four, Sabine turned to illusions when she began working and touring with the huge Dutch showman Hans Klok in 2011. Now she’s taking her act solo.
Speciality: Big stunts
Move to look out for: Sawing a man in half
And now for my next trick…The sassy conjuror also happens to be an expert in Muay Thai kickboxing. *Backs away slowly*
Chris Cox: The mentalist
The ‘mind reader who can’t read minds’, this award-winning mentalist is a veteran of the UK festival circuit, a regular on a host of BBC shows and always wins audiences over with his cheeky charm.
Speciality: Mind reading
Move to look out for: Guessing a word circled at random in a magazine
Jonathan Goodwin: The madman
From being buried alive, bitten by snakes and set on fire, the escapologist is touted as a cross between Houdini and Superman.
Speciality: Daredevil stunts and escapology
Move to look out for: Escaping from a straitjacket, hung upside down and set on fire
And now for my next trick… The Welshman once allowed himself to be attacked by a Caribbean reef shark for a TV show.
Ben Hart: The gent
He might be young, but the softly spoken entertainer won the coveted Young Magician Of The Year award at just 16 and wowed sold-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his Victorian-vibe antics.
Speciality: Flashy illusions and sleight of hand
Move to look out for: Transporting someone from the audience
And now for my next trick…He tutored Sir Ian McKellen on the 2010 film The Egg Trick.
Josephine Lee: The escapologist
Like her fellow female performer, Josephine toured with Hans Klok as one of his ‘Divas’ for five years, where they hit the world record for most tricks performed in five minutes with 12 illusions.
Speciality: Escapologist and flashy illusions
Move to look out for: Water tank escape
And now for my next trick…Josephine is a self-confessed health nut and does yoga every day.
September 26 to 30
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Mon to Wed 8pm, Thur 3pm and 8pm, Dhs250. Tel: (800) 36227. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. dubaiopera.com