Vincent Gambini: This is not a magic show
WHAT MAKES MAGIC MAGIC?
And is there really a Magic Circle Emergency Hotline for magicians to call in distress?
‘This is not a magic show’ is a critically acclaimed performance of and about sleight-of-hand magic: its invisible mechanics, its clichés, and what it tells us about live theatre and make-believe. In a conversational yet crafted approach, Vincent Gambini presents astonishing close-up magic that invites us to question how enchantment and wonder are made within a theatrical situation.
Possibly the first of its kind, Vincent Gambini’s ‘This is not a magic show’ is part performance-lecture, part deconstructed showbiz, and part magic tricks that leave you, like, omg.
★★★★ The Guardian
‘This thoughtful, playful and multi-layered piece will make you question how we watch and what we see.’
4 star review from The Guardian
★★★★ Time Out
‘An alternative low-key magic show… Quiet, deliberate and exceptionally controlled.’
★★★★ Fest Mag
‘Takes apart the clockwork mechanics of wonder in ingenious style’
★★★★ The Stage
‘A gentle, cerebral show in which Gambini unpicks both his tricks and the expectations of his audience…’