Dubbed as the World’s Greatest Magic Show, Impossible is being staged at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to offer entertaining magical acts until January 3, 2017.
Fresh from London’s West End, six of the world’s greatest magicians complete the cast and bring variety to the Philippine leg of the show.
They are Explosive Street Magician Magical Bones, Boundary-Breaking Magician Ben Hart, Grand Illusionist Josephine Lee, Master of Magic Ali Cook, Mind-blowing Mind-reader Chris Cox, and Comic Daredevil Bello Nock.
“A lot of my routines have music that I hip-hop dance,” described hip-hop magician Magical Bones who has performed for Madonna and Black Eyed Peas in the past.
“It’s not necessarily magic if you say, like, making something disappear or reappear.”
Bello Nock was dubbed the "Comic Daredevil" when he joined the 12th Season of America's Got Talent.
The 47-year-old performer incorporates jokes in his stunts, which we heard will have him "swaying around" with "big wheels flying everywhere.”
Ben Hart, who “has continuously pushed boundaries in performing unorthodox tricks,” not only performs on stage but also in television shows such as Killer Magic, Now You See It, and his own online series Life Hacks.
Liam Payne of One Direction was awed by award-winning mind-reading specialist Chris Cox who continues to amaze audiences all over the world.
The only female act in the show is the world’s greatest illusionist, Josephine Lee. She opens the show with a death-defying trick.
Ali Cook, a master of multiple magical trades, is the show’s "modern-day Houdini." He will surely “blow people’s minds with his unique tricks.”
Says Jamie Hendry, the executive producer: “We were overwhelmed by the welcome that London audiences showed Impossible last year and hot on the heels of our success in different parts of the world.
“We are delighted to be bringing our spectacular World Tour this time to Manila.”
Impossible started its run on Christmas day, filling the Big Dome with people of all all ages. Whole families came to watch.
UPDATE: PEP editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon brought her two grandkids to the matinee of January 1. And she swears by this: Impossible is a go-to-show for the family.
She says, "It's too bad publicity wasn't the greatest for this show. It was worth the money." She especially raves about Mind Reader Chris Cox.
"My friend Isa Valles had seen the show earlier and called him 'amazing and a bit eerie,'" Jo-Ann says, "and she's right. He is so so good, it's almost scary."
This is Jo-Ann's take on Mind Reader Chris Cox:
First, Chris calls out to the audience, via video, who may want to answer a few questions on paper.
He looks like a jokester and a nerd, all at once, and so can come off as someone you do not take very seriously with matters of mind control. (Or, maybe, someone who's precisely to be taken seriously?) We were just enjoying the whole thing, watching safely from our seats.
But Lucia, my eight-year-old granddaughter, wanted to get into the action. So we looked for the guy holding out papers, but he'd gone to another part of the coliseum. Lucia now got shy, and wouldn't go to the guy to get a paper. Well, not until her mother persuaded her to give it a try, saying, "The worst that can happen is that you get a 'no.' Nothing happens if you don't make a move. And if you don't do this now, you'll never now how it could have been."
Done! My granddaughter, whose idea it was to get the paper with the questions in the first place, finally got one. She answered questions like: What would you like Chris to do on stage? Do you have a dog? What kind is it and what is the name? What's your favorite TV show? What is an animal you want me to draw for you?
That paper was sealed in an envelope, along with other envelopes gathered from the audience following Chris's video call. And through much of the show, or up until Chris started picking out letters, these all stayed inside a sealed box.
The box, mind you, remained within sight of the audience throughout, either hanging in the air while the other magicians did other wonderful things onstage or sitting visibly on a four-legged stand on one side of the stage.
Then the magic happened.
Chris started by doing several things he said he needed to do to make the connection with the letter writer: lick the portion of the envelope where the writer sealed the envelope (which is usually done with the tongue); make the writer kiss Chris's picture which he extends through a very long stick (much like an overextended selfie stick); make the writer put a balloon on his head and then Chris gets the same balloon and puts in on his head... and so on.
Once he was satisfied he'd made the connection, he began to guess at the contents of the envelope. And, drat it, he guessed right with Lucia all the way, all the time.
Here's their dialogue, with Chris onstage with a portable mike and Lucia by her seat with a portable mike.
Chris: What did you want me to do onstage? Cartwheels???
Lucia: Yes. (Lucia knows how to do cartwheels and likes seeing people do them.)
Chris: You like animals, right? Your favorite books are about animals. Even the TV shows you watch. You have a pet?
Lucia: Yes. (Lucia is thinking of Bon-Bon, a Shi-tzu, that is technically not ours because he belongs to a neighbor. But Bon-bon's always in the house, morning till night, and sleeps in the house 26 nights of every month, so she considers him our dog. Lucia is also so crazy about animals, she brings animal books even to restaurants "so I don't get bored." She now wants to be a vet.)
Chris: You have a dog. A Shi-tzu. His name sounds like something sweet. Is it Sweetie? (Chris is teasing Lucia.) Or is it Bon-bon?!# (Bon-bons are, of course, candies.)
And Chris goes on and on, and he gets everything right! Then, in the next minutes, he does the same with random people in the audience who have filled the envelopes. It is, as most foreigners might say, amazing! Here, we would say, Kagilagilalas!
There ends the account of PEP's editor-in-chief. But she adds, GO SEE THE SHOW. BRING THE KIDS, OF COURSE.
For as low as Php 160, Pinoys can watch the magic show, but those who want to have a greater chance of interacting with the magicians can avail of tickets to the Patron VIP section for Php 1,890.
For inquiries and reservations, call Tel. No. 911-5555 or visit www.ticketnet.com.ph