The Clairvoyants, Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten, Talk The Illusionists, America's Got Talent & More
December 23rd, 2016
by Amélie van Tass & Thommy Ten
After breaking out on America’s Got Talent (and winning second place!), The Clairvoyants, aka Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten, are headlining the Broadway return of The Illusionists: Turn of the Century. BroadwayBox caught up with the dynamic duo from Austria to hear from them about their time on AGT, playing Broadway, and finding a special connection.
My first impression of him/her:
When I saw Thommy for the first time it immediately felt like home. I had the feeling that we already knew each other. He looked happy.
I remember exactly the first moment I met her. It was like we had already known each other for a very long time. She had a big smile on her face!
The moment I knew we had a special connection:
It came piece by piece but really fast. We had a strong connection from the beginning and we continued working on it. The amazing thing about it is that we could bring it on stage and now perform all over the world.
We realized pretty fast that our connection is very good, and we also realized pretty fast that we were born in the same hospital and had actually known each other much longer! Since we met, we are together 24/7 and enjoy every moment together.
The hardest part about perfecting our act:
We always have to accept new challenges, because our act is different each night. But we love challenges and it is guaranteed that it will never get boring.
It's different every night, there are always different people and different objects in the audience. That makes it challenging for us and that's what we like!
Before the show we always:
Try to be connected well. The most beautiful thing is to see Thommy shortly before we enter the stage and he is sending me a big smile from the other side of the stage.
Try to be focused and connected. The better we are connected, the better the act is!
The thing we hear most often after a show:
“Wow, I never saw something like that. That was amazing! How did you do that?”
The people think a lot about our act. In our act, the magic is not happening in our hands, it's happening in the audiences’ minds. That's the difference! It is more like an experience. People like to be part of it!
The biggest difference between European and American audiences:
Both countries love magic, but the reactions are a little different. Europeans are more shy and need a little longer to be convinced!
American audiences are more open and they like to be part of it. Europeans are very interested but need a little time until they can show their enthusiasm.
My most cherished AGT memory:
The moment before our final performance started. I just felt really thankful for this whole experience and that the audience appreciates our art and passion.
On the very last day of AGT when we were standing on stage and they showed a “best of” video of our performances. That was a great moment. All the judges were smiling and we were super happy!
Outside of performing, three things we love to do:
Family, friends, nature.
Cooking, meeting friends and relax!
You only have until January 1 to see The Clairvoyants in 'The Illusionists: Turn of the Century' at Broadway's Palace Theatre.