The Illusionists bring their best-selling magic show from Broadway to Nashville on February 16-18. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts, and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists – Live From Broadway has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on the earth.
Today, meet Jeff Hobson: The Trickster.
Hobson is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. He parlayed an audition at the famed comedy club, Catch a Rising Star, into numerous return and headlining engagements. Don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance; Hobson has audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down. Because of his refreshing and clever mix of comedy and magic, he is one of today’s most in-demand magicians.
We sat down with Jeff Hobson to learn a little more about him and what he loves about bringing his skills around the world:
Q: At what age did you become interested in magic and illusions?
JH: At age 7, and I never looked back.
Q: What was the first trick you learned?
JH: I magically turned a penny into a dime. Ta-da!
Q: Why do you think audiences are so captivated with your performance?
JH: I dress in genuine Swarovski rhinestones, do some amazing magic, and make people laugh very loudly. What’s not to like?
Q: Where do you draw inspiration from?
JH: I draw my inspiration from “old school” favorites like Danny Kaye, Red Skelton, and Dick Van Dyke.
Q: What can audiences expect when coming to see The Illusionists? How does this tour differ from previous years?
JH: They will see a show like no other. One that they will remember for the rest of their lives… and longer sometimes! We have some different illusionists this tour and some returning performing new magic.
Q: What is your favorite thing about performing for a live audience?
JH: I love live audiences since anything can happen with the audience interaction and I let the show flow.
Q: Have you been to Nashville before? What are you most looking forward to while in town?
JH: No, we’ve been to Knoxville before but not Nashville. I want to visit the classic home of music. I hear you have some great food, too! And, of course, everyone tells me the people make wonderful audiences. Nice!
If You Go:
The Illusionists – Live from Broadway
Feb. 16 – 18, 2018
TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St.