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'The Illusionists' review, Adam Trent interview

We went to the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan to see the show "The Illusionists -- Witness the Impossible." It is a show that featured seven magicians who each had a different style of magic. We all tried to figure out the secrets to the magic, but we failed every time.

There was an escapologist who did a Houdini trick by being submerged in water, handcuffed and shackled by his feet with only a bobby pin to help him break free. He held his breath for more than 21/2 minutes!

Our three favorite illusionists were Adam Trent, The Futurist; Jeff Hobsen, The Trickster; and Dan Sperry, The Anti-Conjurer. Our favorite illusion was done by The Anti-Conjurer. He kept making small white birds appear, splitting them in half and making more. He had at least six birds in the cage, and when he held the cage up, it disappeared and a beautiful huge white parrot flew into the audience and came back to sit on his arm.

The show wasn't only about magic; the illusionists had great personalities. They were funny, talked to the audience a lot and asked for a lot of volunteers from the audience.

We give this show a perfect 5 smiles out of 5. This is a show the whole family will enjoy. It runs through Jan. 4.

For us, the best part of the night was when we got to meet Adam Trent, The Futurist. He was so cool, funny and a really nice guy. He told us that he has been doing magic for 20 years and he started when he was just 9.

How long does it take you to master your art?

Anywhere from a day to years. There are some tricks I have been doing for 20 years and then there is a lot of stuff I will do for TV and it is the first time I have ever done it.

Is your personality on stage similar to your personality offstage?

It has become similar. Growing up I was terribly shy.

How did it feel when you were named one of the 10 most influential youths in the country [by U.S. News & World Report magazine]?

It was a great. When I was 12 or 13 years old, I would go to schools and performances at these schools. I think it was just nice to see someone do what they love. It was just proof that I was going the right way. It was encouragement to keep doing what you are doing.

Where do you come up with your ideas?

I come up with a lot of my ideas from watching music videos -- other art forms. I see something and I say that is interesting. What if I applied magic to that?

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