An extraordinary landscape. A powerful connection. A unique moment in time.
Hear a long-forgotten story, reveal the mysteries of your own mind, and unlock the secrets of Silven’s homeland through extraordinary illusions and feats of imagination.
The Journey marks a return to Purdue for Scott Silven, the mercurial and mind-blowing Scottish artist who dazzled audiences at Purdue in February of 2018 with the exclusive limited engagement, At The Illusionist’s Table, which was presented at the John Purdue Room in Marriott Hall. And our audiences weren’t alone, as Illusionist’s Table toured worldwide to critical acclaim.
Now, with a maximum of 30 participants per show, this remarkable interactive experience explores your own sense of home, connection and the power of place to transform us. Join others across the world for a virtual experience like no other, interact directly with Silven, and help shape the evening’s mesmerizing events.
Discover the path that connects you to Silven’s past, your own present, and a collective future. The Journey awaits.
When Silven returned to his home in rural Scotland, coming off the heels of a sold-out, highly-acclaimed world tour, he found himself in a place from his childhood that was, all at once, unfamiliar. Thinking about concepts of home, place, and connection, Silven created a digital experience to explore this current moment of isolation and how it can positively affect our future.
For The Journey’s world premiere season, Silven teamed up with an award-winning creative team including Broadway and West End award-winning veterans Jeff Sugg (visuals) and Gareth Fry (sound), Tony winner for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The Journey is directed by Allie Winton Butler, one of Scotland’s leading creative talents. It is written by Silven and Rob Drummond. The creative producer is Michael Mushalla. Music is an original score composed by Jherek Bischoff.
Scott Silven who pushes the boundaries of his craft by creating stylish, smart, and uniquely immersive performances for stage, screen and now in the digital realm, has mesmerized audiences across the globe for more than a decade. He is a modern-day marvel like no other.
Hailed by Vogue as a ‘world-renowned mentalist’, his work has been described as ‘a marvel’ (The New York Times), ‘mesmerizing’ (Town and Country) ‘truly astonishing’ (The Daily Beast) ’unforgettable’ (Entertainment Weekly) and theatre that ‘wows everyone’ (The New Yorker) through a combination of ‘elegance, sheer mind power, and profound philosophical insight’ (Manhattan Digest). The Journey follows previous shows including two major sold-out runs in New York and an extensive tour on the international stage including headline engagements with leading arts organizations including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival, Stanford Live, Luminato Festival, Seattle Theater Group, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
As a child, Silven reveled in mystery. His innate fascination with the enigmatic and unexplainable guided him to the craft of illusion at a young age and evoked a sense of wonder that he knew he had to share with others. From stage to screen, Silven’s objectives remain absolute: to orchestrate an awe-inspiring experience, to reveal the mysterious side of human nature, and, ultimately, to lead his audiences to a place that suggests untold possibilities, a place that challenges perceptions; a place that allows them to look at the work, and themselves, in an extraordinary way.
Please Note: Before The Journey begins, you will receive prompts via email in advance of the production. These prompts and your responses will help inform the evening’s events. Be on the lookout for those prompts at the email address you provide. To best experience the show, it is recommended that each guest/ticket holder has their own desktop or laptop computer and set of headphones. Mobile devices are not recommended.
How many other people will be in the room?
Each intimate, interactive performance has a maximum of 30 guests inhabiting the same digital space from across the world.
How many tickets do I need to get for my friends and family?
Depending on your group size, it’s best to attend the show with one person per ticket/per screen. For example, if two individuals in your household want to participate in the same evening, please purchase two tickets and enjoy on separate devices with headphones.
Can I purchase tickets for my friends?
Yes! And be sure to share your emails with them about the show. The email address associated with the ticket purchase will receive the advance content for the show, including a unique link to access the show and our virtual waiting room before the start of the show to test each participant’s device.
Will I see my friends and family in the show if we attend the same one?
In The Journey, there will be a few opportunities to see the entire virtual audience immersed in the digital space with Silven. If you have friends or family that you have not been able to see in a while, consider coordinating with them to attend The Journey together. While you won’t be able to talk with one another, you’ll be connected through interactions with Silven and moments when the whole audience is visible in the virtual space.
When will I receive my login details for the show?
Upon completing your purchase, a unique link to access your selected showtime will be sent to the email address used when purchasing your tickets. A reminder email will also be sent 2 hours prior to showtime. If you do not receive an email from us by the day before the show, please contact our Box Office at (765) 494-3933.
What is this advanced content I keep hearing about?
Upon purchasing your ticket, you’ll receive a confirmation message via email from us with a link to discover special advance content from Scott Silven. We encourage you to engage with this content prior to the show to be prepared for The Journey. It should only take about 20 minutes! If you are unable to watch the pre-event footage, don’t worry. You will still be able to enjoy the event.
What do I need to participate in The Journey?
We recommend the following for the best experience:
What is the level of participation in this show?
Most audience members will be called on by Silven to participate in the evening’s mesmerizing events. This might include talking about your special object or answering one of Silven’s questions. It is recommended that each participant be comfortable talking to Silven for a few seconds, but don’t be nervous—he’s very friendly.
How do I view the performance?
The Journey is best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer with a minimum 10” screen. Mobile phones are not supported. We recommend using a wired ethernet connection or sitting as close to your wireless router as possible.
What happens if I arrive late to the show?
The virtual lobby will open 30 minutes in advance of the performance. Please check-in as early as possible to ensure you are set-up correctly. If you miss the start of the performance, there is only one opportunity for late admission—approximately 7 minutes after the start of the show.