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PULSE from Physical Magic® premiered in 2008, coinciding with the launch of the Celebrity Solstice, the first Solstice-Class vessel from Celebrity Cruise Lines. PULSE was the first theatrical spectacle from Physical Magic to be performed on a cruise vessel, and finished its performance run on board the Celebrity Solstice in 2015.

With over 500 performances, more than 650,000 spectators, three engagement extensions, and over 8 years at sea, PULSE from Physical Magic® has thrilled the press and cruise guests with its breathtaking special effects, physical percussion, visual media, and pop soundtrack.

We hope you have a chance to see the show!

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A beat or a series of rhythmical beats…

The sentiments, opinions or attitudes current among the public or a particular group…

Energy and excitement…

In his journey through all genres of music, our Rhythm Man conjures fantastic scenes of song, dance and celebration, showcasing the instruments through which the music is transmitted.

As our Rhythm Man beats out a cadence on a percussion kit, a ceremonial tribal scene unfolds, and when he drops coins into a jukebox and punches in his selection, a sock-hop ensues. Tickling the ivories on grand piano, our Rhythm Man paves the way for a ballad to be sung, and when he dons his headphones, a lively street-dance breaks out. An acoustic guitar provides the backdrop for a sultry tango, and when our Rhythm Man spins his vinyl records, a disco celebration fills the stage.

No matter what the musical style, or what the instrument, our Rhythm Man provides the PULSE that drives the world to dance.

PULSE from Physical Magic® is available for booking for weekly engagements worldwide. The show has been designed to perform in a theater but can also be presented in various other types of performance spaces.

PULSE from Physical Magic® is part of the 3 show “Solstice Package” from POET Theatricals. The other productions that are included with the “Solstice Package” are SOLSTICE (a European cirque-styled theatrical circus) and GHOSTLIGHT (a musical theater tribute production).

Show packages from POET Theatricals allow venues to maximize production impact inexpensively by allowing presentation of three dramatically different shows utilizing one performing cast and one preproduction expenditure. Each of the POET Theatricals’ show “packages” represents over 2.5 million dollars in capital expenditure investment in the production’s costumes, sets, flying automation, video and music.

Show packages are best used in venues that have repeat customers (casinos with strong local market draw for example), guests that are residing in the venue (vacation destination resort hotels), or travelers that are moving from place to place with the venue (cruise ships).

POET Theatricals has the ability to “mix and match” show packages depending on audience demographics.


The PULSE production includes the following:

  • Popular music soundtrack orchestrated and recorded by the PULSE creative team. (Originally recorded third party soundtracks must be licensed for performance.)
  • Show Costuming, Props and Equipment.
  • Digital audio playback, time code and show control.
  • Lighting Control.
  • Digital media servers, video projectors and video distribution.
  • High-speed performer flying winches, winch power distribution and acrobatic rigging.
  • Production soft goods.
  • Production sets.


Shipping requirements can be scaled depending on show size and scope of technical infrastructure required for the performance. The show can adapt to existing staging, lighting and rigging layouts. POET Theatricals’ goal is to reduce the preproduction cost and installation of the show as much as possible, and we work with presenters to trim these expenses.

Examples of shipping requirements are:

Soft Sets The PULSE “Soft Set” production requires cargo space of one 24’ truck or a 40’ high-cube oceangoing container (for overseas productions). This includes all of the soft goods (theatrical drops) and video projection surfaces used in the production and staging of the performance.

Turn-key Our “turn-key” production package adds all lighting, sound, venue required soft goods, venue rigging and staging for the show in a complete turn-key package. This additional technical support travels in 1 or 2, 53-foot tractor trailers, depending on the level of production support required for the venue.


PULSE uses a traveling cast of 18 live singers, acrobats, character performers, specialty acts and aerialists.

Crew size is 3 persons: 1 Technical director, 1 FOH operator (lighting, media and show control), and 1 lead rigger/ acrobatic rigger.

A. PULSE is a spectacle production fusing singing, dancing, video and aerial performances to a pop music soundtrack.
A. The show was originally designed to be performed in a theater, but can also be performed in tents, convention spaces, custom open spaces, and in outdoor venues.
A. Loading in the production depends on access to the space, but shows from POET Theatricals in touring configuration can be loaded in a quickly as 1 day.
A. There are 18 performers in the production comprised of live singers, acrobats, character performers, specialty acts and aerialists.
A. The soundtrack uses a popular music soundtrack recorded and orchestrated for the live production.
A. The show can be scaled for as short as 30 minutes to as long as 75 minutes.
A. The show travels with its own performer flying automation and technicians to operate and is included in the cost of the show. The venue however must be able to support the rigging loads and have appropriate hang points to mount the show’s equipment.
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