Krendl, the Escapologist of the forthcoming spectacle The Illusionists, will be performing a brand new death-defying stunt so dangerous it has caused him to pass out during rehearsals.
Coming to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre for only 14 performances from April 14 to 24, The Illusionists brings a spellbinding mix of the most innovative and astonishing magic, illusion and mind-reading ever seen on stage.
Krendl (The Escapologist), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), and the mind-reading duo Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass (The Clairvoyants) will be joined by four other astonishing illusion acts to collectively form the biggest-selling magic show in Broadway history.
Performing since the age of 12, inspired by Houdini’s impossible escapes, Krendl has performed over 1,200 shows, cheating death with a unique style of magic.
“My job is to bring a bit of realism and danger to the show. There is no illusion to the water cell, it is not a trick. What you see is real which is why there is no curtain used,” Krendl explains.
“I am also VERY excited to introduce a brand new stunt to the world for the first time. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but I can tell you it involves a timer, 15 deadly spikes placed above my head exerting over 1 ton of pressure on me. The ‘trick’ to this stunt is controlling your heart rate, blocking out distractions, and believing in your ability to push yourself further than possible. I passed out twice in practice and had to be rescued.”
The Eccentric, Charlie Frye, synthesizes classic American vaudeville entertainment with a singular brand of silent comedy, magic, juggling, slapstick and acrobatics, drawing constant comparison with comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
“Being ‘The Eccentric’ means everything I do is out of the ordinary, and done in an unusual way, performing difficult, skill-oriented tricks like juggling and manipulation,” Frye notes.
“My father and grandfather were clowns, so I had some pretty big shoes to fill. I know of no one, past or present, performing an act like ours. One of the things I picked up early on was the importance of being original. We performed at a big festival in Hong Kong a number of years ago, and have been looking forward to coming back.”
Duo Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass from Austria make up the Clairvoyants, whose mesmerizing ability with mindreading leaves audiences gasping in astonishment, and even fellow magicians baffled.
“This act is different every time, because it depends on the audience and what they bring to the show. Amélie sits blindfolded on stage. I’m in the audience and get different objects from audience members. Whatever they bring, Amélie will describe exactly. Sometimes she knows things even the owner couldn’t know.”
Other performers in The Illusionists are Magician of the Decade winner, Portugal’s Luis de Matos and his spectacular illusions; The Manipulator Hyun Joon Kim, a masterful sleight-of-hand artist from Korea; The Enigma, Australian Sam Powers who creates grand scale tricks, and The Alchemist, an innovative illusionist from Mexico named Leonardo Bruno.
The Illusionists is brought to Hong Kong by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions – who also produced Cirque Adrenaline, the daredevil circus show that took Hong Kong by storm over Christmas and New Year.
Performance Dates: From 14th to 24th April 2016
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Dates & Times: Tuesday and Friday 7:45pm, Saturday 2:00pm & 7:45pm, Sunday 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Ticket Prices: $995 (VIP), $795 (A Reserve), $595 (B Reserve), $395 (C Reserve)
Students or Senior Citizens* @ $845 (VIP) / $645 (A-Res) / $445 (B-Res)
*A limited number of tickets for Full-Time Students aged below 25/ Senior Citizens aged 60 or above are available in VIP, A and B Reserves for all performances (excluding Fri & Sat evenings).
Ticket prices are exclusive of booking fees.
Recommended for 3 years and over; parental guidance advised; One ticket per person, regardless
Tickets can be purchased via all URBTIX outlets, My URBTIX mobile ticketing app, website www.urbtix.hk or by calling URBTIX hotline 2111 5999. Tickets are also available at all Tom Lee outlets.
For more information, please visit www.lunchbox-productions.com