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Escapes and Illusions show returns to GPAC

Extreme Illusions
Extreme Illusions & Escapes will be performed Sept. 20 at GPAC

Two years ago, Josh and Lea Knotts received a standing ovation for their near sell-out performance at The Givens Performing Arts Center. Now the show is returning by popular demand on Friday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m.

“Extreme Illusions and Escapes” is the largest touring illusion and escape show in the United States, with nearly half a million dollars of breath-taking stage sets and equipment and is inspired by Las Vegas-style illusion shows which boasts a fast-paced set that incorporates a wide variety of stunts.

“This show will be completely different from their last performance at GPAC, for those who want to see something new,” said James Bass, director of GPAC. “It is a family friendly show that includes audience participation and last time, everyone had fun.”

The show’s leading performers, Josh and Lea Knotts, perform about 300 shows per year at performing arts centers, theaters, fairs and festivals. They are also recipients of the prestigious Merlin Award.

“The Merlin Award is to magic what the Oscar is to movies,” said Bass. “It is a testament to the quality of their magic performance as well as their dedication to their craft.” The show will also include performer, Michael Goudeau. Goudeau is known for his hilarious acts and juggling stunts that have won Guinness World Records. He is a former clown and graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Clown College.

Tickets range from $16 to $21 for adults. Children under 12 are only $5. The show is co-sponsored by the Pembroke Activities Council. “Extreme Illusions and Escapes” is part of the GPAC 2019-20 Professional Artist Series. Other shows in the season include Queen Nation, a tribute to the music of Queen on Oct. 11 and Cirque Mei, a Chinese acrobatic cirque show, on Sunday, Oct. 27. For information about tickets and the full season lineup, visit or call 910-521-6361. Some shows this season will also carry an option for the Act I Diner’s pre-show dinners.