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.
India was a large scale touring circus project styled and created by Dragone. Director was Brian Burke, resident director of ‘Le Reve’ in Las Vegas. The show featured more than 50 Indian circus performers and toured in Germany. Paul devised illusions including a version of the Indian Rope Trick.
Paul has created illusions for 4 international ‘Holiday On Ice’ touring productions, choreographed and staged by Anthony Van Laast and Robin Cousins. The illusions were created by Paul and had to be performed in the centre of the ice completely surrounded by the audience – a particular challenge for an illusion designer.
“Take a frightening fairground ride through a maze of darkened tunnels inhabited by incredible live ‘ghosts’, creepy animatronics, spectacular magic illusions and moving stage sets!”
Following several earlier homes around the world, Carnesky’s Ghost Train is now permanently located in it’s true spiritual home in the heartland of the British seaside – Blackpool, situated opposite Sandcastle Waterpark on South Promenade.
Created by award winning theatre producer Marisa Carnesky, the Ghost Train is part ride, part visual theatre and part scare attraction which cleverly combines contemporary attraction technology with age old theatrical illusions.
“Paul Kieve’s illusions were stunning and worthy of a visit” BBC Manchester
Paul’s first big break came at the age of 16 in January 1984 when he was asked to double in for Sade’s hands on the video of her first single Your Love is King. The video led directly to an appearance on Blue Peter where he performed with presenter Janet Ellis. In the BBC bar afterwards he met Janet’s partner, Robin Bexter, who helped him a secure a guest spot on the Thames Television’s series Illusions. So Sade and the Ellis- Bextor’s were instrumental in the start of Paul’s Career!