Beginning Tuesday, December 2 until Sunday, December 8, 2019 “The Illusionist – Magic of the Holidays” will be at The National Theatre in Washington, D.C. The show features “the most incredible illusionists on earth.” Their talents will make you gasp as they have for box office shattering audiences around the world. These performers will amaze and astonish you with a show that is filled with exciting and clever magic that has never been seen. The production which is a holiday treat for the young and young at heart features more illusions than ever before, including close-up magic, mentalism, daring escapes and technological spectaculars from some of the masters of the field of illusion. Listed performers include The Elusive, Valentin Azema, The Trickster, Darren Partridge “Dizzy,” The Transformationalists, Sos and Victoria, The Daredevil, Jonathan Goodwin, The Manipulator, Florian Sainvet, The Showman, Steve Valentine and the Delusionist, Stuart Macleod.
I had a chance to interview Darren “Dizzy” Partridge before the opening.
Bio: Dizzy’s wild combination of magic, physical comedy, and theatrical thievery, all delivered with mischievous. British charm leaves his audiences both spellbound and gasping for breath. It’s an experience you will not believe and will never forget.
- Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My Name is Darren ‘Dizzy’ Partridge, I hail from The United Kingdom. But now I reside in Florida. I’ve been delighting audiences around the globe for more than a decade, as a comedy magician and cirque variety performer. My wild combination of magic, physical comedy, and theatrical thievery, delivered with my mischievous British charm, often leaves audiences both spellbound and gasping for breath. I truly enjoy making people laugh.
- What drew you to the world of performance illusion?
I was introduced to magic at a late age of eighteen years old. I was sharing dressing rooms with a cast of circus and magic artists. It was then, when I found all my spare time was spent being taught and learning the secrets of this trade. This quickly became an obsession for me. Seven years later I was performing professionally as an accomplished comedy magician in the show, masters of magic.
- Is there any illusionist or illusionists, past or present, that you most admire?
Tommy Cooper, the amazing Johnathan and Penn & Teller were all idols of mine growing up.
- Which illusion that you perform in the show do you think the audience will most remember?
Typically, audiences remember my audience participation moments the most. They seem to relate with whoever I have onstage and often request to be chosen the next time they see the show.
- Almost everyone watches an illusion and tries to figure it out. As an illusionist, when you watch other illusionists, do you try to figure out “how they did it” when the illusion is new to you?
Always! That is the fascination of the unknown… we all strive to know. But I must say, I do quickly loose excitement once I do know the secret. There is some magic that still really baffles me, and I still have super crazy theories on how the impossible is possible.
“The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays” runs from Tuesday, December 3 until Sunday, December 9, 2019, at the National Theatre. For tickets online. For information on “The Illusionists -Magic of the Holidays” and for information on upcoming shows go to The National Theatre website. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.