If you were a fan of America’s Got Talent this season, then chances are you were crazy about Colin Cloud. The mentalist dazzled audiences with his seeming ability to read the minds of the judges. Well, if you were as big of a fan as the Monsters and I, then you may want to get some tickets to see Colin this weekend at PPAC as part of The Illusionists. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Creative Producer Simon Painter said, “We can’t wait to bring this electrifying show to Providence for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family.The Illusionists is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage.” The five stars, each a master in their own field, are: The Trickster, Jeff Hobson is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. Don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance; Jeff has audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down. The Inventor, Kevin James is known for innovative illusions, is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century. The Manipulator, An Ha Lim: The first place winner at Korea’s Busan International Magic Competition (2006), Italy Club Convention Manipulation (2006) and World Magic Seminar in Asia (2007), An Ha Lim was also a Golden Lion Award winner at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas (2008.) The Daredevil, Jonathan Goodwin, is widely considered one of the most creative, skilled, and frankly crazy stunt performers in the world. He is an accomplished knife thrower, archer, escape artist, fakir, martial artist, free diver, and free climber. Unlike the other performers in the show, Jonathan is not a magician or illusionist but he will leave the audience breathless with his death-defying stunts. And finally The Deductionist, Colin Cloud, one of the greatest thought readers of all time is a psychic savant known as a real-life Sherlock Holmes. Don’t play against him in a game of poker – he’s never lost.
Recently I got a chance to speak with Colin about the show and his love for Sherlock Holmes. Check it out:
How has life changed since America’s Got Talent?
Its been amazing. The show itself isn’t something I would normally watch. I don’t watch a lot of TV and when I do it’s not that sort of show. They have been asking for awhile if I would do it and I was thinking well I’m in America anyway. And actually, it’s really turned around out here. I feel like what was once meant to mock or parody certain performers now they really got out of their way to make a quality entertainment show and there are not many shows that do that. Variety shows used to be huge and now they are really trying hard to have a quality variety series on television and my experience was incredibly positive. They went out of their way to facilitate my needs. As far as since the show, it’s been incredible because those videos go viral and within like a week something silly like 300 million people had watched the thing I did with the cat. Twenty years ago that would have never happened. I knew going on the odds were stacked against me but if I went on with really quality material that I was proud of that I would be delighted to be part of it. And now when I walk onstage people know who I am and what I do and it eliminates that sort of having to prove yourself and you can just get right to the amazing stuff and giving everyone hopefully a pretty astonishing experience.
How did you get into mentalism as a child?
I was never into magic; it was always sort of Sherlock Holmes. When I was eight I started reading Sherlock Holmes and became totally fascinated and then when I was ten I discovered he never actually existed so naturally I was devastated. I wanted to understand how people work and psychology and then weirder things like hypnotism and really trying to figure out the minds of people. When I was 15 I got accepted into university for forensic investigations in Glasgow. I realized that stand up comedians are actually amazing at being aware of people and the world. A comedian has to adlib and has heightened awareness which really appealed to me. I realized the only way to get into comedy is to do it so I started performing in comedy clubs and incorporating some of the weird psychological tricks into it and then before I knew it I was travelling around the world doing this stuff.
If you could use your powers of deduction to solve any real life mystery which would you choose?
The obvious one is Jack the Ripper right? If you could time travel as well and look at all the evidence and really examine all the evidence there it would be utterly fascinating to do that. Obviously there are so many crimes that are active and current that you would love to chime in and help with but I’ll stick with Jack and the Ripper.
What can my readers who are going to the show this week in Providence expect?
The four other guys in the show are four of the top magicians in the world in their respective fields and they’ve won all the awards you could possibly win and performed all around the world. This is the first time the five of us will be in a show together. The show is really immersive in that the audience is as much a part of the show as the magicians. And I don’t mean that people are going to be forced onstage; the only people who take part in the show are people who want to. We try to involve as much as the audience as possible throughout. It’s a rock and roll rock concert of magic with a great variety of things that involve all of us and also solo pieces. It is a high paced gauntlet of illusion!
What advice can you give kids who may want to follow in your footsteps?
I’m from the middle of nowhere in Scotland and I was shy and reserved and quiet as a kid. If you had told me that I would be performing in front of millions of people I would have laughed at you. You need to shift your perspective to believing something is impossible to shooting for something massive. If you aim high, you’ll always end up higher than if you shoot low. Everything is possible if you believe in yourself. The resources are there, you just need that absolute believe in yourself.
I cannot wait to see Colin and the other Illusionists later this week. If you want to grab some tickets click the link below and stay tuned for our full review of the show!
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