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Will Houstoun

Illusion Designer, Illusion Director


Maeve Bolger

Magic is all about solving problems to create extraordinary experiences. Will uses his expertise in conjuring and its history, combined with performance and problem-solving experience, to help tell stories, build atmosphere, and create astonishing moments. Practically this can involve exploring narrative with directors and writers; developing sets, props, and costumes to facilitate effects with designers and builders; ensuring that lighting and sound compliment illusions; training actors to perform magic; and supervising filming.

Will sometimes works across the duration of a production, from design to realisation. On other occasions, he is brought in to help with a specific problem or challenge.

Theatre includes:

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (dir. Maria Crocker, 2021, Northern Stage).
2:22 A Ghost Story (dir. Matthew Dunster, 2021, West End).
The Prince of Egypt (dir. Scott Schwartz, 2020, West End).
The Twilight Zone (dir. Richard Jones, 2017 and 2016, The Almeida and West End).
Katya Kabanova (dir. Richard Jones, 2018, The Royal Opera House).
A Winter’s Tale (dir. Lucy Bailey, 2013, Royal Shakespeare Company).

Film and television includes:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Chiwetel Ejiofor, 2019, Netflix).
Wolf Hall (dir. Peter Kominsky, 2015, BBC).
Hugo (dir. Martin Scorsese, 2011, Paramount).

Call Maeve to discuss Will or other Illusion Designers & Illusion Directors

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