The World Needs Magic – Episode 3 – The Illusionists Direct from Broadway , the world’s best-selling magic show is touring the United States! This amazing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. In this video the cast discusses their influences and what they are contributing to the art of magic.

Jeff Hobson is The Trickster. He's the host of Las Vegas and is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. He leaves audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down.

The Inventor is portrayed by Kevin James. Kevin is one of today's most ground breaking and innovative illusionists. His illusions and magic acts are also performed by other stars from David Copperfield to Nicholas Cage in the Hollywood film Adaptation. He is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual... He believes he has a responsibility to remind people of that state of awe and wonder they felt as a child. Whether he's holding a rose or swinging a chain saw, anything is possible with Kevin James, The Inventor.

Yu Ho-Lin is also known as The Manipulator. Through elegant manipulation and mystery, the artistic Yu Ho-Jin has the ability to turn anyone into a loyal fan, whether children and parents or his colleagues -- the world’s finest magicians. At age 19, he took first prize in the manipulation category and was the Grand Prix Winner in stage magic at Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques (FISM) World Championships of Magic (2012), a competition that is considered the Olympic games for magicians. Yu was recently named Magician of the Year (2014) by the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA).

Andrew Basso is Italy's star escape artist and is fast becoming one of the world's favorite illusionists. Known as The Escapologist, his hero is Harry Houdini and his thrilling escapes take place under water, 150 feet in the air and everywhere in between. Explosives, water boxes, handcuffs, chains, padlocks, straight jackets, cars bursting into flames... his escapes place him within seconds of life and death and have audiences all over the world frozen in suspense and disbelief.

Adam Trent is The Futurist. He's a star for a new generation of magic fans, fusing classic techniques, dancing, comedy and technology in a show that shatters stereotypes for those who think they've seen it all. His edgy, fun style has been described as 'Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield' and has put him on a fast-track to global fame. He performs over 300 solo headline shows each year, and with regular national and international TV appearances on The Disney Channel, Travel Channel, the Joan Rivers show, and SyFy Network, his star is still rising.

The Warrior, Aaron Crow, a strong and silent type specializing in weapon magic, has mastered some of the most dangerous acts ever performed on stage. He thrills and captivates audiences without saying a single word. Born in Belgium, the international magic sensation was a first place finisher at the World Championships of Magic, and uses swords, paintball guns and powerful crossbows to keep fans on the edge of their seat. Crow fuses magic, suspense, dangerous stunts and his winning charm with the positive theme of facing our fears and overcoming them.

finally we have Dan Sperry, the Anti-Conjuror. Going beyond the typical extravagant style and use of flashy costumes, Dan Sperry combines the art of magic with the macabre to leave audiences in a state of shock and amazement. As a result of his many jaw-dropping performances on America's Got Talent, Germany's hit series Das SuperTalent, FOX's World Magic Awards, and TLC's Cake Boss, Sperry is one of the top 10 most Googled people and is hailed as one of the most in-demand illusionists in the world.

In this video The Illusionists discuss why the world needs magic and why the art is still importan

Jason Van Sickel and Dal Sanders have been working on a documentary about WHY THE WORLD NEEDS MAGIC. This documentary will celebrate The Art of Magic and how The Society of American Magicians has helped to elevate and advance that art.

Executive Producer: Dal Sanders
Producer/Director/Editor: Jason Van Sickel
Graphics: Marc Rouse & Chris Marrs
Special thanks to The S.A.M. Magic Endowment Fund for helping get this project started.

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