Events

November 15, 2013

Carnival of Illusion: An intimate evening with vaudeville

Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed, master illusionists, perform before a live audience during a sold-out show. “Carnival” is a whimsical mix of vaudeville comedy and clever illusions.

Say the words “magic show” and they conjure up images of children’s parties, rabbits residing in top hats and Vegas performers in sequined outfits.

Master illusionists Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed challenge audiences to throw away those notions as they bring their brand of entertainment to Phoenix for a fifth season of magic and wonder.

“Carnival of Illusion” by Sarlot and Eyed is housed within the historic Arizona Biltmore in central Phoenix. Dubbed “The Jewel of the Desert” when it opened Feb. 23, 1929, the Biltmore was designed by Albert Chase McArthur, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. Design details inside and outside the hotel show Wright’s influence on McArthur’s work.

Chicago chewing gum titan William Wrigley Jr. became the Biltmore’s sole owner a year later. The hotel played host to celebrities, heads of state and captains of industry over four decades under ownership of the Wrigley family. Today, the Biltmore plays host to Sarlot and Eyed.

The magical pair describes their show as Victorian era inspired vaudeville theater, taking audiences on a worldwide journey filled with “magic, mystery and ooh la la.”

“Our show is about world travel,” Sarlot said. “We’re a small boutique theater, very unique. We’re about being up close, intimate and approachable. [Our style] is not big flash and electronics and blaring music. These are real people sitting inches away from us.”

Intimacy is what sets “Carnival of Illusion” apart from the glitzy Las Vegas shows. To achieve intimacy, the show is staged within a small room large enough for two audience sections with four rows of seats each, totaling 35 seats. The “stage” is an ornamental rug that looks like it was picked up in a bustling Turkish bazaar.

Susan Eyed, master illusionist, performs an illusion Saturday during a “Carnival of Illusion” show inside the Arizona Biltmore in Central Phoenix. “Carnival of Illusion” by Roland Sarlot and Eyed is a Victorian-era inspired vaudeville show taking audiences on a worldwide journey filled with “magic, mystery and ooh la la.”

Throughout the 90-minute performance, audiences are swept away to exotic locales including France, Morocco and Japan. “Carnival” is a whimsical mix of vaudeville comedy and clever illusions.

The most important element in the show is the audience and Sarlot and Eyed are keen to remind attendees of this fact.

“People can feel they’re part of the show,” Sarlot said. “They can see us and we can see them. It’s interactive in a way, people making jokes and we comment back. Part of our job is to connect with people, give them a bit of a vacation from the troubles of this world and show our appreciation for them.”

Eyed echoes her partner’s sentiments describing themselves as “magicians in the trenches.”

“It’s not about us, it’s about their magical experience and they can feel that,” she said.

Family is also important to the magical duo, and they consider the military part of their family. They hope to see more military members in the audience so they can connect with them and thank them for their service.

Sarlot and Eyed revealed their final illusion of the evening and immediately exited the room. As a final expression of their appreciation, they positioned themselves near the door to greet each member of the audience as they departed.

The Arizona Biltmore serves as a backdrop for the “Carnival of Illusion” show by Sarlot and Eyed. The hotel was designed by Albert Chase McArthur who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright and plays host to celebrities, heads of state and captains of industry.

For more information about Sarlot and Eyed’s “Carnival of Illusion” or to purchase tickets, visit www.carnivalofillusion.com or call 520-615-5299. Military members can ask for a discount code to enter when purchasing tickets online.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
hispanic_heritage_1

2015 National Hispanic Heritage Month

Courtesy graphic Powering growth, influence, this year’s theme National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, and recognizes Hispanic and Latino American heritage and culture. This year’s theme is “Honoring...
 
 
18_MAIN-PHOTO

Back-to-school bash serves up fun, supplies

Luke Air Force Base children took spins in the gyro spinner during the Back-to-School Bash July 29 at Fowler Park. “Our goal was to provide a fun, family friendly event,” said Chaplain (Maj.) David Barnes, 56th Fighter Wing...
 
 
DT_150704-F-EC705-243

Luke celebrates freedom

The annual Freedom Fest Independence Day celebration included a climbing wall and several other family-friendly activities such as water slides, raffles for prizes and a DJ.   Luke Air Force Base held its annual Fourth of ...
 

 
LGBT_15_Poster

June: LGBT Month Pride, heritage focuses of event

Throughout the month of June, the Air Force celebrates its diversity and the contributions made by all Airmen during the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender pride heritage month. This was the second LGBT Pride event at Luke Air...
 
 
18_150528-F-NQ441-036

Luncheon highlights Asian Pacific cultures

Kristina Capistrano poses on stage as part of the APAH luncheon fashion show. Capistrano is wearing a traditional Hawaiian grass skirt called Tahiti.   Victoria Valead sings in Chinese for guests May 28 in Club Five Six at...
 
 

Youth programs

The 56th Mission Support Squadron Youth Center offers the following activities for youth ages 6 to 18. Parents can register youth at the youth center. Each camp costs $25 per youth program mem­ber, $35 per nonmember. For more information, call 623-856-7470. • All-day Summer Fun Camp for grades 1 through 6. The cost is based...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>