‘Impossible’ hits the West End – interview with Sabine van Dieman and Josephine Lee

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Impossible, the breath-taking magic spectacular thrilling audiences worldwide, is back by popular demand, returning to its home in the West End for a strictly limited season.

Featuring the world’s greatest illusionists live on stage in a daring, jaw-dropping display of magical artistry Impossible will electrify and amaze theatre-goers of all ages.

That’s not all! In an exclusive guest appearance, Britain’s Got Talent’s Richard Jones joins the show. I loved him on BGT (helps he is super good looking, too).

I caught up with Impossible’s Conjurer Sabine van Dieman and Grand Illusionist Josephine Lee to find out what it’s like to perform on the West End and how it feels to be representing women in the magic world – see their responses below.

Stay tuned for a review of the show when I check it out on 13th July!

How does it feel to be performing on the prestigious West End?

Sabine van Diemen – It’s amazing, literally a dream come true. Being from Holland and being able to perform on the prestigious West End is unbelievable. I love the idea that so many great theatre people performed there. Awesome I’m excited!

Josephine Lee – I am absolutely thrilled and very excited. This will be my third show in the West End but my first show as one of the leads and it’s always so exhilarating to be part of the West End community.

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Sabine van Diemen

When did you realise you wanted to be a magician? How did you get into it?

SD – When I was 18 I was dancing in the Holland Show Ballet and there was a magician doing a piece in between the two parts of the show. One of the assistants got injured on the day of opening night and they looked around the ballet and said: YOU! I had an hour to learn 6 tricks. I was so nervous but the show went very well and the adrenaline rush was indescribable. I was instantly hooked!

JL – I was working as a dancer in a magic show touring Europe for the world famous magician, Hans Klok. I finished the contract moved back to London and 6 months later I had a call from him saying a position had become available as his assistant and would I consider moving to Holland permanently to work for him. I thought to myself Ill just go for 3 months, came home 5 years later! An audience’s reaction is so unbelievably different to that of dancing that I just couldnt give up the thrill of it.  

The magic world is dominated by men and it’s rare to see female magicians. Are you treated any differently because of this?

SD – People are always very surprised when they hear what you do, but in a very good and positive way! They instantly think you are this strong, fearless power woman. Which we are obviously (hahaha). I don’t feel that we get treated very differently

JL – This is a great question and one that I feel I wish we were more often asked directly instead of assumptions being made on our behalf. I have read a lot on the views of feminism in magic and I must say I very rarely agree with any of them. The magic industry is heavily dominated by men, not because women are not given the opportunities men are but because there are not enough women taking that step and given it a go. I have had nothing but help, advice, encouragement and guidance from the magic community which is predominantly made up of men. If we are treated any differently its definitely in a positive way, theres a lot of enthusiasm towards female magicians taking to the stage.

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Josephine Lee

You are both trained dancers. Are you still dancing when not performing? If not, do you miss it?

SD – I’m still choreographing which I absolutely love. I’m not dancing so much anymore and that’s totally fine! I always liked magic way more!

JL – Dancing is slowly starting to take a back seat in my life and I find myself starting to pick and choose the jobs I take which I believe is quite possibly the beginning of transitioning into the next stage of my career. I dont believe its something I could ever give up though whilst my body still allows me, I think that would be a huge regret of mine in later life. I would like to hope Ill still be dancing in my 90s with my walking stick!

What do you get up to in your spare time when not performing magic?

SD – A lot! I still do a lot of modelling gigs as well as choreographing and producing shows for a big events company back in Amsterdam! Other than that I do kickboxing multiple times a week. Love to travel, shop (I need to stop that) go out with friends, cook, I’m an obsessive house cleaner haha and I just wander around Amsterdam!

JL – I do a lot of Yoga, I would say its more of an obsession than a hobby! I also love to read and my true passion is for travel so Im always planning my next adventure. Im not very good at relaxing so if im not working Im working on what ever Im working on next!

What’s next for you both? Do you have any more career goals for the future?

SD – You must have career goals! Or at least goals in life! That’s the fun part to see how far you can go! As far as the West End I feel totally blessed and I would love to tour the world with the Impossible cast and crew! Who knows? Anything is possible! Let’s go Vegas, Broadway, a big Asian tour? As long as we can keep doing what we love and bring the magic to the people!

I’m very happy to be working with Jo (Josephine Lee) and bring the audience some girl power!

JL – I believe its so important to keep yourself creatively stimulated so I never stop working on reaching the next goal. Im currently working on a very exciting project. My aim is to create a very unique act and intertwining all my skills into one. Theres so much magic in the public eye now and its becoming more and more popular with all these talent shows. Its truly so wonderful because it pushes us to step it up a notch and dig deep to create pieces no one else is doing, at a time like this you have to be unique. Its such an exciting time for magic!

Impossible runs from 8th July to 27th August at the Nöel Coward Theatre – tickets can be bought here.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Ron Mostrurm
    4th July 2016 / 8:40 pm

    I’ve got tickets to see the show and thrilled to see there are female magicians on the billing along with the men. I think there is too much hysteria made about men vs women. Gender makes no difference if you have the skills and able to give quality entertainment that’s what matters the most. I am looking forward to a great show.

    • ellainthebigcity
      5th July 2016 / 9:12 am

      Nice to hear from you Ron!

      I’m very much looking forward to it as well. I agree with what you say about males vs females – but unfortunately think there is still a little bit of hysteria, regardless of skill.

      Hope you have a great time!

      Ella x

  2. 5th July 2016 / 9:56 am

    I’m going to the show later this month so that was a nice interview, although I’m disappointed the girls didn’t offer to volunteer you for an illusion? or maybe you were a bit scared they might saw you in half ? yikes! hehe

    • ellainthebigcity
      5th July 2016 / 10:02 am

      Hi Jasmine!

      Thanks for your comment. Ha I’d be far too scared – I’d rather sit back and watch rather than risk my limbs 🙂

      Hope you enjoy – I’m definitely looking forward to it!

      Ella x

      • 5th July 2016 / 10:21 am

        Haha same here, Fascinating to watch magic shows as messes with your head on how any of it works? Excited to go and see this one as have mainly seen this sort of thing on the TV. This format where there are a collection of magicians in one show seems popular now so hoping for a good mix of different performances.

        Jas xx

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