- Title: THEATRE-MAGIC Magicians seek to amaze with tricks at London "Impossible" show
- Date: 28th July 2015
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAREDEVIL, JONATHAN GOODWIN, SAYING: "I risk my life on stage. One hundred years ago Harry Houdini said 'people will come to see you die'. That's why there are thousands of pictures of him hanging in London hundreds of feet in the air in a strait-jacket. And thousands of people below waiting to see what was going to happen and I don't think we've changed very much and that's kind of my job, to give people that for real. To take them as close to the edge as possible." FEMALE ESCAPOLOGIST UNDERWATER IN TANK (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAGICIAN, KATHERINE MILLS, SAYING: "Magic is really captivating because it takes people back to that childlike wonder. A lot of adults they don't get that anymore so I think it's a really special feeling. It just, you see impossible things happen in front of you which is always fun."
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- Story Text: Magicians seek to amaze with tricks at London "Impossible" show.
Grand illusions, mind readings and death-defying escapology come to London this summer in a magic show billed as "the biggest in decades" in the British capital.
Running for five weeks, "Impossible" will seek to wow audiences with its line-up of magicians, tricksters and daredevil performers at its West End venue, close to where escape artist Harry Houdini once performed for London crowds.
"My job can be very dangerous ... In 'Impossible' I'm completely on fire, I shoot cross-bows on the stage," daredevil stunt performer Jonathan Goodwin told Reuters.
"The audience are going to be in for a big surprise ... There hasn't been a stage show like this in London for a very long time."
His co-star Ali Cook follows in Houdini's footsteps in the show by freeing himself from handcuffs and a neck brace while in a water tank.
"For some reason (magic) is back. It's really popular not just here but around the world. There's a lot of big magic shows just touring the whole world at the moment" Cook said.
"No one has seen (magic) for a long time so it's like it's new again ... One of the rare things that magic can do is make ... you feel amazed ... I think that's why people are seeking that out again."
"Impossible" runs at the Noel Coward Theatre until August 29.
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