Colin Cloud loves Sherlock Holmes.

His fascination with the super-sleuth started as a kid growing up in Scotland, and soon he was creating ways to replicate his deductive powers.

Today he blends his skills in forensics and criminal profiling with his love for stand-up comedy. It creates a unique style of performance that makes him a natural for "The Illusionists, Live from Broadway," a high-powered magic and comedy show that plays Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre on March 5-10.

He is billed as The Deductionist in the show, while the other Illusionists are named for their specific skills and include The Manipulater, The Daredevil, The Trickster, The Sorceress and The Unusualist.

Explaining his expertise, Cloud says, "While it looks like real mind reading, I'm actually observing, deducing and influencing information and thoughts."

His part of the show involves a lot of audience interaction. "I read people and try to engage as much of the audience as I can. The show relies on random participants a lot, but everyone is safe, no one is embarrassed, and the people who want to get involved become the stars of the show."

He has been with the show since 2015, playing Broadway, London's West End and on tour.

"Making magic live is far superior to seeing it on TV or online," he said. "Being in the room and a part of the fully immersive experience is mind-altering and astonishing. The other Illusionists and I look forward to spending a few hours with you, our audience, sharing demonstrations that will leave your jaw on the floor."


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In The Wings

MAGIC IN WORCESTER: Think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks, and you're on the right track with Piff the Magic Dragon, who brings his zany show to Worcester's Hanover Theatre on Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m. Joined by Mr. Piffles, billed as the world's only magic-performing Chihauahua, the star of NBC's "America's Got Talent" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" has more than 100 million online views and regularly sells out shows in the U.S. and Canada. Known for his mix of wizardry, wit and sarcasm, he has been hailed by Penn, Teller and even Howard Stern as a "stunningly good magician" and a "phenomenal talent." Recommended for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $37.50 with VIP seating for $67.50 at 877-571-7469 or

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT: Merrimack Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Sean Daniels and Executive Director Bonnie Butkas host MRT's annual season subscription announcement party on Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m., at the Nancy L. Donahue Stage in Liberty Hall, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. Free but please RSVP at

KEROUAC EVENTS: MRT previews the world premiere of its stage adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "lost" novel, "The Haunted Life," March 20-April 14, with several events. They include free screenings of two Kerouac films at the Luna Theatre at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Lowell. "Big Sur" plays Tuesday, March 5, at 7:35 p.m., and is based on Kerouac's novel about road trips to visit friends in California. The documentary "One Fast Move or I'm Gone" plays Thursday, March 7, at 6:05 p.m., and features interviews with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sam Shepherd and others. On Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m., MRT and Pollard Memorial Library present a free screening of the documentary "King of the Beats," followed by a panel discussion at the Donahue Academic Arts Center at Middlesex Community College, 240 Central St., Lowell. It kicks off the library's marathon reading of Kerouac's "On the Road" on March 9 and the MRT world premiere. Panelists are Jim Sampas, Kerouac estate literary executor; Todd Tietchen, UMass Lowell professor and editor of the first publication of the novel "The Haunted Life," Sean Daniels, MRT artistic director and adaptor/co-director of "The Haunted Life." For info, visit

BIG SCORE FOR MRT: MRT is nominated for 15 IRNE Awards, which were announced Monday by the Independent Reviewers of New England. They include Best Play nods for "Lost Laughs: The Slapstick Tragedy of Fatty Arbuckle" and "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley." Individual nominees include MRT Artistic Director Sean Daniels who directed "Miss Bennet"; director Nathan Keepers, who directed "Fatty Arbuckle"; and actors Vichet Chum, Veronica Duerr, Amanda Collins, Aaron Munoz and the full cast of "Miss Bennet." Other nominations are in production categories. The awards will be presented at a ceremony April 8, at 7:30 p.m., at The Inn at Brookline off Kenmore Square.