Leave it to [artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist] to bring a little magic to her Circus tour, which kicks off Tuesday in New Orleans.
E! is reporting that illusionist/comedian Ed "The Misfit of Magic" Alonzo — who also happens to be the actor who ran The Max diner on "Saved by the Bell" — will be doing a magic number with Spears on the tour.
"Right away she got into the boxes and into the magic contraptions to learn the stuff, and she's so excited about this tour and all the elements that are in it," Alonzo said.
In the act, Britney will play Alonzo's assistant. "We're going to be doing the classics of magic but a little high-tech," he said. "We'll be doing a little dissection, transposition, a vanish, an appearance — and if I do a trick, she doesn't just hold the props, she's actually getting inside the big boxes or I am slicing her up. ... Some of it's pretty scary, but she gets right in there with no reservations."
Britney is a proven fan of magic, having reportedly worked with "Mindfreak" Criss Angel in the past.
"[I] made [the tricks] really easy for her ... but there are some complicated things that she is doing that you would think a contortionist would have to do, or a trained magician's assistant," Alonzo told E!. "But because ... she's a dancer, it really makes sense to put her in the magic, and it works and she's really, really good at it."
Alonzo also revealed a bit about what fans can expect from the trek. Regarding her song selection, he said the show will have "the best music of Britney that people have loved over the years and, of course, brand-new favorites from the new album."
He added that the show is "exactly what you would see in a big giant Vegas production show, but it's going to be on the road. ... It's going to be an amazing concert for people to watch," he said. "It's like watching a big Cirque du Soleil high-tech circus, but with a really focused star in the middle of all of this."