Sabine Van Diemen has a background as a model and dancer, but this weekend she will perform our art (and include some of her dancing chops)
Ms. Van Diemen told the Morning Call’s reporter it is “really cool” to be the first and only woman on the tour.
She will be working along with An Ha Lim, “The Manipulator,” Jonathan Goodwin, “The Daredevil” Colin Cloud, “The Deductionist,” Paul Debak, “The Trickster,” and Raymond Crowe, “The Unusualist.”
Some have referred to the show as “Magic’s Cirque du Soleil” but we think it is better classified as a Tour de Force of great performers doing what each does best.
Ms. Van Diemen has been at it for about ten years and includes illusions, escapes and an effect you cannot buy online, a trick featuring a bullwhip.
She started as many of us did, as a ballerina when she was just 4 and joined the Holland Show Ballet when she turned 18.
She became focused on magic when “a magician in the show and one of the assistants had an injury one day,” she says. “They put me in the illusion called the fire cage, and I immediately loved it.”
She moved from modeling and dance to studying our wonderful craft.
In 2011 she met famous Dutch illusionist Hans Klok and worked together to create several hit shows. We know Mr. Klok from his high-speed performance of magic and illusions. We imagine working with him would be exhausting. We get out of breath just breathing hard. Ms. Van Diemen said of that partnership, “It was a rush.”
The two toured the globe and she was named the Silver Clown winner at the Circus Festival in Monte Carlo. She started a solo act and was undaunted by being one of the few female performers in a very male dominated craft.
Ms. Van Diemen is able to speak multiple languages, has model looks and a great background in dance. That could be the reason for her success or perhaps it is her daring willingness to take on dangerous escapes and full-scale stage illusions. Whilst in Holland, she was named one of permanent hosts and perfomer at “Amsterdam Magic” and was featured on “Holland’s Got Talent.”
She moved from Holland to London to be one of the cast of the 2015 show “Impossible” and was asked to be one of “four horsemen” featured in the “Now You See Me Live” international magic tour.
Ms. Van Diemen says “Modeling is far behind me, but dancing will always be a part of me, so naturally I incorporate it in my act. Not that I necessarily do full-on choreography, but it’s in the way I move and hold myself on stage. I try to combine speech with movement to music while I do my illusions.”
Yes, but what about the bullwhip trick?
“The bullwhip is fun and exciting. It has a very surprising ending to it for one member of the audience.”
Sabine told reporters she enjoys working along with the other great performers on “The Illusionists” and “loves” the nickname “The Sorceress.”
“It’s cool,” she says. “It really sounds like a power chick, and I always strive to be one.”
If you are in Philadelphia or southern New Jersey, you really should not miss the show. It is a wonderful production and plus you get to see a trick with a bullwhip.
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1
Where: State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton
Tickets: $59 and $65
Check out the full story on The Morning Call here.