PHOTOS COURTESY OF FELD ENTERTAINMENT
SOUTH FLORIDA — In a captivating combination, favorite Disney characters join a professional illusionist live on stage in a performance producers say will delight children of all ages. Mickey’s Magic Show brings audiences into a world where Disney magic takes on a completely new meaning.
The magic comes to South Florida with two shows. The first takes place 4 and 7 p.m. today at Bank United Center on the University of Miami campus, 1245 Dauer Dr. in Coral Gables. The second stop is Friday at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway in Sunrise. Show times there also are 4 and 7 p.m.
The show features the special magic from legendary Disney films: Cinderella’s rags turn into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine levitates into the air; and the enchanted dancing brooms in Fantasia help sweep Minnie off her feet. Mickey Mouse performs astonishing illusions along with Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter, and professional illusionist Zak Williams. The magic is complimented by appearances from Disney princesses Belle and Snow White and Mickey’s pals from Toontown — Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
“This one-of-a-kind show gives parents and children the power to see magic everywhere,” says Kenneth Feld, producer of the Disney Live! shows. “We take them on an inspirational journey with the Disney characters where they learn to find the magic within and all around them. At the same time, families will see world-class illusions that will truly take their breath away.”
The production values and stagecraft of Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show make this an exceptional family show. Famed illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, who has worked with leading magicians David Copperfield, Lance Burton and Siegfried & Roy, brings his more than 20 years of world-class experience to the illusions in the show, which include a dynamic sawing-in-half duet and an awe-inspiring levitation of Minnie set to black light.
In another astonishing magic act, Williams levitates Princess Jasmine. The moment is pinnacled by a starry night sky, with a mood both mesmerizing and surreal. To the tune of A Whole New World, Williams ultimately joins Jasmine in the air as they soar high above in harmony.
“In every show we do, we try to exceed audiences’ expectations,” says director Jerry Bilik. “With the sheer magnitude of the illusions, we are able to take the audience to a place far beyond what they would ever imagine. From the moment the magic begins on stage, audiences will be in for a visual surprise as they take part in a unique Disney experience.”