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What made Taylor Swift’s concert unbelievable

By Spencer Kornhaber

18 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Taylor Swift is back and by all accounts is better than ever. Last weekend, she began her latest tour with a show that The Atlantic describes as "actual magic" and "epic". Dive in to discover why.

Updated at 11:24 a.m. ET on March 19, 2023

GLENDALE, Ariz.—Breaking: Taylor Swift is not simply a voice in our ears or an abstract concept to argue over at parties, but a flesh-and-blood being with a taste for sparkling pajamas and the stamina of a ram. All concerts are conjurings, turning the audience’s idea of a performer into a real thing, but last night’s kickoff of Taylor Swift’s Eras tour in Glendale, Arizona, heightened the amazement with Houdini-escapes-handcuffs physicality. After years of having their inner lives shaped by Swift’s highly mediated virtual output, more than 70,000 individuals can now attest to the vibrancy of Taylor Swift the person. Somehow, seeing her up close made her seem more superhuman.

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