Photos courtesy of Magicana, by David Linsell.
Embark on a voyage of imagination and wonder with David Ben has he brings his critically acclaimed The Conjuror to the stage. Be transported back to the year 1909 and the legendary St. George’s Hall in London where audiences came to be enchanted by paradox – the Golden Age of Magic!
In 1902, card cheat S.W. Erdnase’s published the seminal sleight-of-hand text The Expert at the Card Table. Nine decades later, inspired by Erdnase’s work, Gavin Bryars and poet Juan Muñoz created ten string quartet pieces with accompanying narration. Now, David Ben brings fresh perspective to their collaboration.
Performer, director, playwright – and magician – Rob Drummond becomes William Wonder, and traces the life and demise of William Henderson, who died on stage while attempting to catch a bullet, a stunt so dangerous even Houdini, the world’s first super hero, refused to attempt it.
This unusual concert with two players, four hands, a piano and a deck of cards began when a magician, counting the white keys of a grand piano, noted that there were 52, the same number as cards in a deck. Joining forces with a musician, Miguel Puga – MagoMigue – blur the boundaries to bring forth emotions of something mysterious and elusive, yet unquestionably real.
For those who only believe what they see, Steve Cohen invites you to come close, really close. A master magician whose repertoire is designed to engage the mind as much as the eye, Cohen’s Chamber Magic hearkens back to an era when wealthy patrons secured the services of elite wonder-workers to transform a salon into a stage and mesmerize family and friends with magic.
Great music performances are often described as magical, and amazing feats of magic are as transfixing as stellar music works. Rafael Benatar is unique in possessing both skills and he intertwines both his passions into Compositions – a dazzling blend of Baroque lute and guitar music with an engaging style of magic.
Many believe they have experienced the paranormal. But are there invisible connections that exist between us? Can we transcend the distinctions between past, present and future? Banachek, is a mentalist – a real mentalist – the only one declared by a team of scientists at Washington University as a genuine psychic. But is he?
Can you beat The Cheat? Richard Turner is known as “The Cheat”, a card cheat. What makes Richard extraordinary, however, is that he is a blind card cheat. He uses his mind to enable his hands to perform pure magic. Richard has developed his sense of touch to the point where he can perform miracles with cards.
Juan Esteban Varela
The only magic show in the world performed in the dark! Interested in magic since the age of 6, a professional magician since the age of 20, Juan Esteban Varela, who hails from Santiago, Chile asked the question: might it be possible for non-sighted people to experience the same sense of astonishment that sighted audiences have felt for centuries while in the presence of a magician.
Inspired by the notion that the performance of magic may be seen as a modern-day equivalent of one of legendary storyteller Shahrazad’s most fantastical tales, magician and author David Ben presents a new exploration of magic as a theatrical art.
Piff Paff Poof is the perfect combination of magic and fun for children and families – and all those young at heart! Join Poof and his very own magician, Julie Eng, as they take audiences on a magical journey – meeting friends along the way.
Vodavil was an informal term many vaudeville performers used in their correspondence to describe their profession: that distinctive and highly polished brand of popular entertainment that flourished in specialty theatres across North America from the 1890s until the 1930s.
A celebrity of television and stage in Spain and South America, Juan is an actor, comedian, theoretician, composer, filmmaker, writer and the spiritual leader of magic as a performing art.
Resident performer at Harrah’s Casino, author of magic books for young and old, character in a syndicated comic strip, holder of a Guinness World Record (don’t ask), and frequent guest on network television.
Max Maven has been a radio announcer, graphic designer, author, pianist, teacher, singer, actor, lecturer, screenwriter, composer, advertising consultant, and chef.
Trickery is the root of all magic and David Ben is a modern master of trickery and deception.
The Conjuror’s Suite
David Ben is still a conjuror, but a different one. He is an archetype of the virtuoso sleight of hand performer who dominated the more intimate performing environment of the Salon — a parallel universe to the theatrical stage.
The Conjuror is a critically acclaimed theatrical experience about a great magician – the archetype of all twentieth century magicians – performing the greatest illusions of the period.