Groundhog Day on Broadway


Tim Minchin’s musical based on the cult movie has started performances at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. Paul Kieve has joined company with 7 of his Matilda creative team to create some magical time jumping moments.  The London press said:

There are some superb illusions courtesy of Paul Kieve  The Evening Standard

Paul Kieve adds to the theatricality with excellent illusions. My favourite shows Phil apparently electrocuting himself in a bath only to pop up seconds later in his familiar bed.  Michael Billington, The Guardian

Props to the whole creative team, including illusionist Paul Kieve, for achieving the effect of Phil’s constantly resetting days via a multitude of coups de théâtre.   Andrzej Lukowski Time Out

Kieve’s sleight-of-hand abilities to propel Andy Karl’s Phil Connors through different stage locations in the same number is amazing. Mark Shenton, The Stage

Paul Kieve, who is responsible for some staggering effects.  Paul Bailey, The Age

Astonishing stage magic (impressive illusions by Paul Kieve).  Broadway



Kate Bush collaborates with Paul Kieve on live show ‘Before The Dawn’


In 1982 Kate Bush released her fourth album ‘The Dreaming’ which featured a track called ‘Houdini’. The cover depicted Kate as Harry’s wife, Bess, passing Harry a key during a kiss. A 14 year old Paul Kieve, already a fervent fan of Ms Bush, attended a signing session in London, and took the chance to give Kate a book on Houdini. 

Some 32 years later, Paul received a surprise call from Kate to invite him to 

 work on her first live show in 35 years. In their first creative meeting, Kate brought the book along – she had always kept it.

The contents of the live show which blends puppetry, spectacle and illusion, openedto rave reviews. Kate Bush has used magic in her previous concerts, working with Simon Drake on her legendary 1979 ‘tour of life’. Her 22 shows at London’s Hammersmith Odeon sold out 77,000 tickets in just 15 minutes.
The Independent described ‘Before The Dawn’ as “undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage”





GHOST The Musical – 5 years since the Broadway run


GHOST  The Musical started its run at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre, New York 5 years ago. It has since played a US national tour as well as touring Asia and Australia

“It’s rare for me to experience wonder but my friend Paul Kieve gave me that experience for an illusion he created in Ghost”  Illusionist David Copperfield on ‘twitter’

‘The true stars of “Ghost Musical” are illusionist Paul Kieve along with projection designer Jon Driscoll …who have put together a visual spectacle on Broadway unprecedented in its technical artistry.     Jonathan Mandell, The Faster Times

As a technical achievement, “Ghost The Musical” raises the bar to new heights. In addition to Rob Howell, credited as designer, there’s a video and projection designer, Jon Driscoll, as well as illusionist Paul Kieve who are the real stars. Recreating the movie magic, they’ve come up with some truly awesome visuals. …Dazzling special effects.   NY1

It’s the slickest, most visually appealing musical since the one about a spider dude. It all comes together – computers, dancers, projections and illusions by Paul Kieve – thrillingly in two subway scenes … Those sequences are eye-poppingly brilliant. Overall, it’s an ambitious, carefully orchestrated work that raises the bar on technological innovation.    Huffington

What people are most likely to remember from the show are its magical illusions, created by Paul Kieve. Watching Sam walking through what had been previously established as a solid door is one of those “how did they do that moments”   Theatre Mania

Special effects are genuinely stunning. The audience gasps at the scenes when Sam slips through a door, engages in a spectral subway battle and makes his way up a stairway to heaven.   Time Out, New York

Paul Kieve became the first illusionist to win a New York  ’Drama Desk’ Award in 57 years for his work.

“Matilda’s master illusionist” interviewed in The Guardian

Paul features in an interview in today’s Guardian newspaper. Interviewed by Maddy Costa, he talks about Matilda, Ghost The Musical and when when things don’t quite go to plan!   Read Matilda’s master illusionist.

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Hugo,directed by Martin Scorcese, wins Visual Effects ‘Oscar’.

Paul Kieve has worked with legendary movie director Martin Scorcese on the new movie HUGO as magic consultant. He also tutored actor Sir Ben Kingsley in his role as magician and film maker Georges Melies and young Asa Butterfield (Hugo). Brian Selznick, author of ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ on which the movie is based, interviewed Paul for the ‘Hugo Movie Companion’ book. One of the most exciting shots in the movie recreates an act performed on the stage of the magical Robert Houdin theatre in the 1890′s. The shot was suggested by Paul to Scorcese based directly on an image depicted on an antique magical poster.

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Matilda The Musical celebrates 5 years in West End!

West End Matilda wins Evening Standard Drama award for Best New Musical!

The RSC’s production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL has celebrated over 5 years in the West End, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and featuring magic effects by Paul Kieve.

“The best pieces of musical theatre come from great collaborations – the right people being in the right place at the right time – with each ingredient complementing the other. Composer/lyricist Tim Minchin, librettist Dennis Kelly, director Matthew Warchus, choreographer Peter Darling, . designer Rob Howell and illusionist Paul Kieve have done more than preserved the spirit and mischievousness of Roald Dahl’s classic tale – they have created a fresh and intelligent family entertainment that brings joy to both adults and children”  The Stage, Nov 25 2011

***** The Times    **** The Guardian   ***** The Independent   *****Daily Mail *****  Daily Express







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Hugo Movie Companion

The Hugo Movie Companion has been released and features an interview with Paul Kieve.

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Ghost The Musical


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‘The best single argument for putting this film on stage is Paul Kieve’s special effects’  Dominic Maxwell, The Times

Ghost The Musical completed  its successful West End run at the Piccadilly Theatre, London featuring ground breaking effects by Paul Kieve. It  played to over 250,000 people. Not only did the national critics unanimously praise his work,  but many of his fellow magicians have raved about it. Teller (from Las Vegas duo Penn and Teller) described it as ‘one of the finest magic shows I’ve ever been to’ and twittered about its ‘stunning optical magic’. Mac King who has had his own magic show on the Las Vegas strip for over 10 years wrote  ’Ghost has some of the most incredible tricks that I’ve seen in any show of any kind’.

‘The appeal lies in Matthew Warchus’s super-slick production and Paul Kieve’s illusions, which use the latest technology to zoom bodies through solid doors.. and a plethora of other amazing special effects. These set a new industry standard and should win awards’

Robert Gore-Langton, Mail On Sunday.

‘Paul Kieve, who created the illusions, and Sharon D Clarke, playing the phoney psychic .. are two of the secret weapons of British theatre, and steal the show with their contributions – the first by stealth, the second with sass.’

Mark Shenton, The Stage

Read the Daily Telegraph article on Paul’s work in “Ghost The Musical” – Now playing. (Photo – Andrew Crowley)

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Batman Live continues international tour ..

Batman Live completed a successful UK tour including a triumphant 11 day run at the O2 arena in London. The Evening Standard said  ”we are treated to some neat illusions courtesy of magician Paul Kieve and visually the show, directed by Anthony Van Laast, is often impressive” . The show continues to tour arenas in Scandinavia and mainland Europe into the middle of 2012 before opening in the USA. Batman Illusions

Zorro in Shanghai

Zorro the musical

‘following on from succesful seasons in Paris. The Netherlands, Moscow, Tokyo and London, Paul has supervised the magic on the Asian premiere of ‘Zorro – The Musical’ with music by the Gypsy Kings. The show opened at the Centre for Orient Arts,Shanghai in October 2011