Groundhog Day wins Best New Musical Olivier Award

Groundhog Day, the new Tim Minchin musical with illusion effects by Paul Kieve, has triumphed at the London Olivier Awards as Best New Musical. The show continues performances at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway, New York.

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Groundhog Day on Broadway

A brand new Tim Minchin musical, based on the cult movie Groundhog Day,  has started performances at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. Paul Kieve has collaborated 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  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 amazingMark Shenton, The Stage

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

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



Catherine Tate Live

Paul was honoured to co-devise a brand new sketch with genius comedian Catherine Tate for her sold out live tour.

The sketch was the first revival of character ‘Lauren’ in 9 years who decides to have a bash at knife throwing during a school outing to a circus museum. The show toured the UK during November and December 2016.

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


Kate Bush released her fourth album The Dreaming, in 1982, and it featured a track called Houdini. The cover depicted Kate as Bess Houdini, secretly 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

Feature in The Guardian from 2011. 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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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’ features an interview with Paul Kieve. Written by Brian Selznick.

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Ghost The Musical



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

Ghost The Musical, featuring ground breaking effects by Paul Kieve, completed  its successful West End run at the Piccadilly Theatre back in 2012, but continues to tour the world.  . It  played to over 250,000 people in London. Not only did the national critics unanimously praise his work,  but many of his fellow magicians raved about it. Teller (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 14 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” . (Photo – Andrew Crowley)

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Batman Live

Batman Live completed a successful international tour including a Las Vegas stop a run at the O2 arena in London. The Evening Standard, London 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”.  Batman Illusions