This show is bad; astonishingly bad. I read glowing reviews here on TripAdvisor before going and went based on the strength of these reviews. It's hard to credit these reviews now.
I like magic. Carnival of Illusion's magic is bad. The secret of a number of illusions is so obvious that it's painful to sit through the rest of the trick (and I'm not on the hunt to detect the secret). Some of the illusions were so bad that the audience would clap weakly at the end, unsure that magic had been performed. I had to ask my friends a couple of times "what was the magic part?" Four people couldn't figure it out. We should be asking "how did he do that!?" NOT "what did he do?"
Fine, but it's funny, right? No. A funny show would had compensated for the lousy magic, but the jokes were terribly lame. "We have a tradition here" *takes a drink before the next act* "a fine tradition." *repeat throughout the show* Hilarious? No.
The performers were earnest and committed, but a lot of the act they seemed to stall for time--they've got 80 minutes to fill after all. I'm sure the performers don't feel this way, but I would feel uncomfortable for them when their illusions fell flat. Pity is not entertainment.
To add insult to injury, the show is pricey. With fees and taxes this show cost $50/person. I strongly recommend you pass on this one.
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