House of Illusion, Dubai Festival City

It’s been a while since I’ve seen, heard or been to a unique gig here in Dubai. Venues, as of late, seem to bringing in the same DJs, same comedy shows and same outdoor events in an endless spin, rinse and ka-ching! formula… that is, until I read about the House of Illusion Dinner show.

The House of Illusions Dinner show, hosted by Dubai Festival City, brings together a brilliant ensemble cast that fuses magic, comedy and live entertainment under a Spiegeltent (a large travelling tent made up of wood and canvas). Managed to catch the show last Wednesday and the verdict? I absolutely loved it, my four friends who were with me enjoyed it, and judging by all the happy faces around, I’d say everyone who attended the show also enjoyed it! It’s high on entertainment value, with lots of audience participation and well paced without any dull moment. I’d definitely recommend sitting right up close to the stage.

Now I’ve been debating on whether I should writeup on the illusions that were performed, but I think that would probably spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it so far… part of the reason I enjoyed it was because I hadn’t read up on the event and didn’t know what to expect. So instead, I’m going to let the pictures do the talking here and give you a small synopsis of the artists you’ll be watching.

Romany
Romany serves as hostess/emcee for the evening and while not scouring the audience for willing participants also performs some illusions on stage.

Van Buren - Ribbon
Main illusionist for the evening, Van Buren flawlessly performs some old school tricks that’ll leave you wondering if he’s made a pact with the dark side.

James Harrington
While James Harrington doesn’t perform on stage, he wanders about from table to table performing (up close, so there’s no cheating) some amazing card and vanishing money tricks… it’s safe to say, you probably wouldn’t invite him over for your next poker game!

Arabian Breeze
Wrapping it up is Arabian Breeze who provide the background music, effects and live Arabic fusion music.

Van Buren - Levitate
Van Buren attempting to levitate his assistant

Van Buren - Rope
Calling out for some audience participation

Van Buren - Plates
Everyone’s favourite spinning plate on a stick trick

The House of Illusion Dinner show takes place at Dubai Festival City, running from Tuesday to Friday (6pm and 9pm) and on Saturday (3pm and 6pm) all the way up to August 14th (so no excuses for missing this!). You have a choice of two seating categories (both include a three course dinner): Outer circle costing AED 150, Inner AED 250 while children (between 3-12) get in for AED 50. Alternatively, you can listen to Catboy@Breakfast on Dubai 92, from 8:30am onwards, for your chance to win tickets to the event.

For more info on the House of Illusion Dinner show visit http://www.festivalcentre.com/house-of-illusions/ or contact them on 04 208 5271.

3 Responses to “House of Illusion, Dubai Festival City”

  1. Derek Scott says:

    Hi Derrick,

    Derek here.

    I loved your review.

    I am the director of the show.

    Thanks for the nice write up.

    Derek

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