- One G-Pass to see Masters of Illusion
- When: Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Genesee Theatre
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees
- $40 for rows A–S of the orchestra or rows A-H of side loge (up to $66.10 value)
- $30 for rows T–DD of the orchestra or rows J–P of the mezzanine (up to $55.90 value)
- Click to view the seating chart
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app. Discount reflects the merchant’s current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event.
Masters of Illusion
In the spirit of the mind-bending CW show, Masters of Illusion makes audiences doubt their eyes and put their ears on watch. The tricks seem outright impossible—even those that viewers have seen before. There’s the classic saw-a-woman-in-half illusion, but these performers can do it with a transparent box. There’s levitating illusions, but here, the magicians might float up themselves to grab the hovering objects. There’s escape acts from steel-toothed death traps—oh, and they are also on fire. Combining sleight of hand, a sense of humor, and a heaping handful of drama, Masters of Illusion entertainingly baffles onlookers of all ages.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre closed in 1989 and reopened its doors in 2001 after city funds helped 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
Genesee Theatre began its life with a sellout. Opening its doors on Christmas Day, 1927, it welcomed audiences to four sold-out movie screenings, but those flickering stories weren't the only attraction. A $25,000 pipe organ—and that's in old-timey dollars—immediately caught the eye, while Italian marble, a stunning chandelier, and the building's Spanish Renaissance–style architecture dazzled.
Over the years, many changes occurred, the glamorous quotient rising or dipping with the times and the theater closing altogether in 1989. But when it reopened again in 2004, it was back in full force. Antique chandeliers and fixtures of the period had been brought in from around the country, the luxe carpet had been recreated from a 1927 photograph, and all the dust bunnies had been sent packing with generous severance packages. Yet not all the updates were of the old-fashioned sort: the stage was doubled in size, and cutting-edge technology was brought in to give the theatre's high-voltage visitors, from comedians to musicians, the star treatment.