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The Journey by Scott Silven

A WORLD PREMIER. AN extraordinary landscape. A powerful connection. A unique moment in time.

Renowned theater maker and illusionist Scott Silven invites you to experience the world premiere of The Journey: an interactive, immersive, live production unlike anything audiences have experienced before.

$25 per Screen ($20/Members)

Get tickets online or at the Box Office.
To experience the show, each ticket holder must have their own iPad, desktop, or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and set of headphones. This show does not work on mobile devices/smartphones.
Live captioning available October 1, 8, 15.
Closed Captioned

New York Times Critic's Pick

“Is it astounding? Absolutely. A graceful pivot to a new medium? Sure. Just when you think you know how Silven might have faked an effect, he complicates the trick, then complicates it again and you are abandoned to wonderment.” – The New York Times


In this live, virtual theater experience, travel from your living room to Silven’s home in rural Scotland through beautiful cinematic imagery and high-definition immersive sound. Hear a long-forgotten story, interact directly with Silven in a cutting-edge digital space, and help shape the evening’s extraordinary illusions and mesmerizing events.

With a maximum of 30 guests per show, each intimate, interactive event is constructed by you, your own sense of home and connection, and your fellow travelers inhabiting the same digital space from across the world.

Through the power of storytelling and the work of a masterful illusionist, discover the path that connects you to Silven’s past, your own present, and a collective future. The Journey awaits.

The Journey with Scott Silven
Photo courtesy of Journey Productions Ltd.

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.

“Amazed and entertained me”

“Scott Silven was able to create an intimacy/ connection between strangers that is much needed for this unsettling year of 2020”

“I enjoyed letting my imagination go. I found Scott’s storytelling enchanting”


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.

What accessibility accommodations are available for the show?
Live captioning will be available during the 6 p.m. shows on October 1, 8, 15. For questions about additional performance accommodations available with advanced notice, please contact
Closed Captioned

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 from 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 479.657.2335.

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:

  • A desktop or laptop computer
  • A stable internet connection
  • A working webcam (built-in or external)
  • A pair of headphones with built-in microphone
  • A well-lit space
  • Two pieces of paper
  • A pen (we recommend a thick black sharpie)
  • An object of meaning (this could be a family heirloom, a piece of jewelry, or an oddity you have acquired)

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.

Browser compatibility:

  • Recommended:
    • Safari (v13+)
    • Chrome (v72+)
    • Microsoft Edge (v79+)
    • Firefox (v65+)
  • Not supported:
    • Internet Explorer

Who will the emails come from?
Email ticket confirmation will come from, and the email with the link to access your show time will come from We recommend you add these emails to your contacts in order for them to not be sent to the spam folder.

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.

Who should I contact if I experience any issues prior or during the show?
Our front of house staff is waiting for you in the virtual lobby starting 30 minutes before each performance. If you are unable to enter by clicking the access link sent to you via email, please call 479.367.7599. This phone number is only monitored during the virtual lobby waiting period. If your screen happens to freeze during the show, you can refresh your browser and re-enter the room.

Ticket or general show inquiries should be directed to our Box Office at 479.657.2335.


Scott Silven - Empirical Photography
Empirical Photography

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 - Empirical Photography
Scott Silven - Empirical Photography

Empirical Photography


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.

Created with the generous support of


Virginia Arts Festival


Arizona Arts Live