Sunday, January 15, 2023


Michael Boyd, illusionist

Idris Stanton, ringmaster

Sascha Williams, circus performer

Sarah Bloom, circus performer

Canberra Theatre to 15 January


Reviewed by Len Power 14 January 2023

Magic tricks and illusions bring out the child in us, regardless of our age.  We say that we want to know how the tricks are done but deep down we don’t really want to know because the magic will be lost.  Magic and illusion helps us retain that remembered innocence of childhood.

‘Circus Of Illusion’ is a show that delivers the magic of both circus and illusion.  It’s a high energy, fast-moving show that is sure to delight adults and children.

Australia’s Got Talent finalist, Michael Boyd, the headliner, is an extraordinary illusionist.  With one elaborate trick after another he leaves us breathless with amazement.  You’ll have no idea how he does it.

Michael Boyd and company with a levitation illusion

Ringmaster, Idris Stanton, originally from Canberra, keeps the show moving with amusing banter involving the audience and displays his circus background with several clever tricks.

Sascha Williams, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, does a rola bola act that looks risky at the start and then just looks even more risky as it goes on.  Sarah Bloom does a fine act with multiple spinning hoops as well as aerial work that is both beautiful and accomplished.  Two showgirls assist with the magic and show their dancing skills in very attractive costumes.

One of the strengths of the show is the audience participation.  Two youngsters were invited on stage and became a part of the magic being performed.  I’m sure those children are now likely to become the magicians of tomorrow!

Audience member and Michael Boyd

Lighting and sound on the show was expertly done, creating a fine atmosphere throughout.

This was an enjoyable show that delivered what it promised.  It was no illusion that the audience enjoyed it.

Photos supplied by the company prior to the Canberra performance 

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