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Renowned magician Ben Hart has announced his brand new tour, Jadoo, which will make its way across the UK later this year. The show, which is named after the Hindi term for magic, is inspired by traditional Indian street magicians and Ben’s travels through India.
The show will debut at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where Ben is playing at Palais Du Variété in Assembly George Square throughout August. Then, from Newcastle to Wantage, the show will embark on its 28-date tour.
There’s very little public knowledge about the show so far. However, in a post on Instagram, Ben said Jadoo is “inspired by the magic of India, this show is rooted in nature and [my] search for real magic.”
Ben, now 32, has been performing since childhood. At 17, he won The Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year competition, leading him to become a magic consultant for numerous theatre and television productions. One of his most recent collaborations was with Mischief Theatre and Penn & Teller for their hit West End show Magic Goes Wrong.
But, his big break was arguably becoming a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2019. Since then, he has become synonymous with the programme and has featured in numerous Got Talent spin-offs, including both BGT and AGT: The Champions.
Interestingly, his final performance for BGT was about a magician his grandfather witnessed during his childhood growing up in India. Similarly, his AGT audition was about his own travels through India. Could we expect to see the same acts make an appearance in his latest show?
Either way, it’s fair to say that Jadoo is not only personal but quintessentially Ben Hart! And if his reputation is anything to go by, it’s bound to be unlike most magic shows you’ve ever seen.
I was lucky enough to see his Fringe show last year, Wonder, and what drew me in then was his combination of spell-binding magical illusions and darkly twisted storytelling. Since the Fringe last year, Ben has performed around the globe, appearing in Paris, Perth and Adelaide.
Wonder was a particularly dark show, going into places that left some audiences feeling uneasy. It’ll be interesting to find out if Ben goes for the same tone with Jadoo or if he presents something completely different. As someone who’s not just a great performer but a creative genius, he’ll undoubtedly deliver no matter what he does.
In other theatre-related news, last week, Max reported on Derren Brown’s highly anticipated new West End show, Unbelievable. Little has been revealed about the project so far, but since Max’s article, the full cast has finally been revealed.
Although Derren does not appear in the show, taking the reins are the following multi-talented actors and musicians: Laura Andresen Guimarães, Izalni Batista Nascimento Junior, Alexander Bean, Samuel Creasey, Simon Lipkin, Yolanda Ovide, Hannah Price, Samuel Brenton, Emily Redlaff and Rhys Shone.
Both Ben Hart and Derren Brown’s latest shows are going to be amazing, and you’ll be the first to be updated as soon as we know more!