The Illusionists, Swingles coming to area venues


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Jonathan Goodwin, who plays The Daredevil, incorporates an audience member in his bed of nails act.

Jonathan Goodwin, who plays The Daredevil, incorporates an audience member in his bed of nails act.


Courtesy of Veterans Memorial Civic Center

The Illusionists will give a show Sunday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

The Illusionists will give a show Sunday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.


Courtesy of Veterans Memorial Civic Center

Audience participation is a large part of The Illusionists’ show.


Courtesy of Veterans Memorial Civic Center

The Swingles consist of members, from left, Oliver Griffiths, Edward Randell, Federica Basile, Imogen Parry, Jon Smith, Kevin Fox and Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson.


Courtesy of Niswonger Performing Arts Center

Darren “Dizzy” Partridge, who plays The Trickster, said his character is mostly defined by his thievery, pick-pocketing guests on stage while they are distracted.


Courtesy of Veterans Memorial Civic Center

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima

TICKETS: $44 to $109 at www.limaciviccenter.com, 419-224-1552 or box office.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Christmas with the Swingles

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 state Route 118 S, Van Wert

TICKETS: $20 to $40 at www.npacvw.com or 419-238-6722.

LIMA — Whether you’re looking for a daring start to your holiday season or a relaxing evening of a capella, you’re promised a good time by these international acts.

The Illusionists: “Magic of the Holidays” — Veterans Memorial Civic Center

The Illusionists go well beyond simple magic tricks. This show features illusions, close-up magic, mentalism, daring escapes and more performed by entertainers who have toured North America, including Broadway stages, as well as the rest of the world.

Darren “Dizzy” Partridge, who plays the Trickster, called his seven costars “world champion acts.” He will be joined by magicians and illusionists Valentin Asema, Steve Valentine, Stuart MacLeod and Florian Sainvet, transformationalists Sos Jr. Petrosyan and Nadejda Mititelu and daredevil Jonathan Goodwin.

“There will be plenty of audience participation, but not the type where it’s ‘Please don’t pick me,’” Partridge explained. “Even if you’re scared to be on stage, the performers are so professional you will wish you’re the person on the stage it’s so good.”

Christmas with the Swingles — Niswonger Performing Arts Center

The Swingles came to be in 1963 when Ward Swingle assembled a group to create the album “Jazz Sebastian Bach.” Since then, the London-based a capella group has won five Grammy awards and created more than 50 recordings of a variety of covers and original songs. They have made appearances on soundtracks for “Sex and the City,” “Milk,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Glee.”

The Swingles’ latest project “Folklore,” a collection of diverse folk music, was released in 2017. This year’s group is made up of Federica Basile, Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson, Imogen Parry, Oliver Griffiths, Jon Smith, Kevin Fox and Edward Randell.

Jonathan Goodwin, who plays The Daredevil, incorporates an audience member in his bed of nails act.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/11/web1_Illusionists_Daredevil_BedOfNails.jpgJonathan Goodwin, who plays The Daredevil, incorporates an audience member in his bed of nails act. Courtesy of Veterans Memorial Civic Center
The Illusionists will give a show Sunday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/11/web1_ILL_PROMO_IMG_Valentin1.jpgThe Illusionists will give a show Sunday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. Courtesy of Veterans Memorial Civic Center
Audience participation is a large part of The Illusionists’ show.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/11/web1_ILL_PROMO_IMG_Australia201812_JonathanGoodwinAudienceMember.jpgAudience participation is a large part of The Illusionists’ show. Courtesy of Veterans Memorial Civic Center
The Swingles consist of members, from left, Oliver Griffiths, Edward Randell, Federica Basile, Imogen Parry, Jon Smith, Kevin Fox and Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/11/web1_Swingles.jpgThe Swingles consist of members, from left, Oliver Griffiths, Edward Randell, Federica Basile, Imogen Parry, Jon Smith, Kevin Fox and Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson. Courtesy of Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Darren “Dizzy” Partridge, who plays The Trickster, said his character is mostly defined by his thievery, pick-pocketing guests on stage while they are distracted.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/11/web1_Illusionists_The-Trickster.jpgDarren “Dizzy” Partridge, who plays The Trickster, said his character is mostly defined by his thievery, pick-pocketing guests on stage while they are distracted. Courtesy of Veterans Memorial Civic Center

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 7 Town Square, Lima

TICKETS: $44 to $109 at www.limaciviccenter.com, 419-224-1552 or box office.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Christmas with the Swingles

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 state Route 118 S, Van Wert

TICKETS: $20 to $40 at www.npacvw.com or 419-238-6722.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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