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Celtic Illusion blends Celtic dance, music and illusion

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You won’t be bored when Australian variety show  Celtic Illusion comes to the Enmax Centre, March 11.Celtic Illusion is at the Enmax Centre, March 11. photo submitted
“There’s something for everyone young, old, male, female. There’s live music and dance and illusion, so you can’t go wrong with that. If you walk away bored, I’d be shocked,” said Australian artist Anthony Street, show creator, director, dancer, illusionist and chief bottle washer of the show.

 He spent four and a half years touring with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and was inspired to create his own show by the experience.
“When I saw Michael Flatley’s Riverdance show when I was 14, I was inspired, and I went to work with him when I was 20. I want to give the same opportunity to younger dancers and performers that he gave to me,” he continued.

“ I’m really the chief puppet-master. So the show really keeps me on my toes 24-7,” he said.

Since its premiere in 2011, the show has performed to sell-out audiences across Australia and New Zealand, with audiences being blown away by the combination of scintillating dance and illusion.

Cleverly fusing electrifying modern Irish Dance with mind-blowing magic and Grand Illusions, the spectacular stage show is now touring Canada for a limited time; bigger and better than ever.

“ I go to sleep thinking about the show and go to bed thinking about it. I’m always adding things to the show or removing them,” he said, adding he started the show in 2011, but this is the first time touring Canada.

“So it really will be new to everyone,” he continued.
“ We have a great cast including members from across Australia, Canada and the U.S., he enthused, adding the challenging part of the show has been being forced to step back and let the performers  and crew loose to do their jobs.


“ I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so the most challenging thing has been stepping back. If there’s a mistake, then there’s a ripple effect through the show and we don’t want that,” he said.
 The cast includes 15 members from Australia, Canada and the U.S. including musicians, dancers and illusionists.

Celtic Illusion also offers a bold, lush and modern musical score composed by a stellar team, including Angela Little who co-composed Baz Luhrman’s film Australia, as well as Steve Skinner who has arranged and produced for artists such as Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and the Broadway musical Rent.
There is no overall  theme to the show, however it makes him feel like a super hero.
“ When I do  an illusion like levitation, I love that feeling. It’s like I have super powers,” he said.

“It’s been really well received. Even the producers are shocked as it’s an unknown show and there’s no big stars,” he said. The show began in Calgary, went to Edmonton, then Red Deer and will  be in Lethbridge, March 11.

Tickets for the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., coast $63.50 to $84.50.
 Or win two tickets and a meet and greet by being the first to E-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and tell me what  you are most excited to see during the show.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
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