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VISION 2015 definitely cast a magical spell on us.

Once upon a time, it was easy for us to believe in magic. During our childhood, anything was as real as we believed it to be. VISION 2015 manages to recreate this sense of wonderment with its enchanting illusions.

A multi-million dollar production, VISION is more than a magic show; it also incorporates dance and storytelling elements. It tells the tale of a father-and-daughter illusionist duo whose relationship is hanging by a thread.


A YOUNGER PRISCILLA WITH HER FATHER.
PHOTO CREDIT: BENSON QUEK

Priscilla, daughter to famed magician Lawrence, is frustrated at her father's workaholic attitude. As she draws her father into the dreamlike world of her mind, the pair must reconcile their differences to escape back to reality.

The sets and costumes were crucial in setting the atmosphere for each scene. For me, the scenes spent in Priscilla's mind were the highlights of the production. A Wonderland-esque world was created onstage, where the audience truly felt as though anything could happen.

It was in these scenes that Priscilla stole the show with her stage presence. Her magic tricks were executed with aplomb, and her acting prowess helped to immerse the audience in each illusion. Her childlike glee at levitating a handkerchief was just as convincing as her vengeful wrath when she trapped her father in a cage.


THE LOVELY MAGICIAN HERSELF.
PHOTO CREDIT: BENSON QUEK

The characters also occasionally broke the fourth wall to interact with the audience. There was a particularly amusing scene where Lawrence revealed his secret to making a handkerchief change colour. "Don't tell anyone, but I use two handkerchiefs," the illusionist said, stating the obvious and garnering chuckles from the audience.

I also liked that VISION featured a large variety of illusions. Traditional sleight-of-hand party tricks were performed alongside elaborate disappearing acts. To avoid spoilers, we will not reveal too many details – although you may be interested to know that a sports car is brought onstage at one point.

Still, I did think that there were some problems with combining a theatrical production and a magic show. At some points, I was eager to see the story unfold, but certain magic tricks slowed down the plot development. The wow factor for some of these illusions also fell short, which made them feel even more superfluous.


I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THESE ZENTAI COSPLAYERS.
PHOTO CREDIT: BENSON QUEK

Nevertheless, VISION was generally well-balanced between different performance art forms. Audiences can look forward to jaw-dropping feats, visually stunning sets, and a touching portrayal of a father and daughter desperately trying to reach out to one another.


CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FOR VISION!

This production will run at the Esplanade till Jul 12. For an enchanting evening, be sure to catch VISION 2015 before it disappears!

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