In & Of Itself
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In & Of Itself

In & Of Itself NYC Reviews and Tickets

(182 Ratings)
Members say
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Masterful

About the Show

The Daryl Roth Theatre presents the New York premiere of this performance piece by magician Derek DelGaudio, directed by Emmy winner Frank Oz.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (182)

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60 Reviews | 13 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if It's rare that I get so absorbed into a show. An intimate and exquisite blend of stories and illusions that leaves you feeling tender.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a show with big flashy tricks, this isn't for you

112 Reviews | 9 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Unexpected

See it if you want to be entertained. It is unexpectedly deep and inexplicable.

Don't see it if you don't like fun.

183 Reviews | 41 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you LOVE close up magic or the idea that what we put out there is what we can be

Don't see it if hate audience participation and don't believe in the wonder of illusion

69 Reviews | 11 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Profound

See it if you like magic tricks and poignant autobiographical details.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy illusionists.

317 Reviews | 109 Followers
Absorbing, Riveting, Funny

See it if You enjoy sleight of hand and masterful magic.

Don't see it if You want Vegas style spectacle.

73 Reviews | 15 Followers
Enchanting, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You love expert magic tied to a theme of identity. If you’re open to having a profound and entertaining experience

Don't see it if You’re expecting a conventional play with a story or you refuse to suspend your disbelief even for the purpose of being entertained. Read more

474 Reviews | 114 Followers
Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Must see

See it if Fantastic magic show with stories thrown in. Be sure to take something from the wall (think for a moment before you choose). Great ending!

Don't see it if You're not willing to be amazed.

219 Reviews | 88 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to think as well as be entertained.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater - this is unlike anything I've seen. Read more

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
April 12th, 2017

“For much of the evening, the buildup for each trick is too lengthy, the commitment to personal revelation too patchy. Mr. DelGaudio seems torn between wanting to deliver gee-whiz effects and wanting to withhold them in service of something more sophisticated…But here’s the real wizardry: The show works. Beautifully. Tenderly. Astonishingly…Wonder is a rare commodity these days. So take a card. Any card. And find it.”
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Time Out New York
July 12th, 2018

"'In & Of Itself,' directed by Frank Oz, has ambitions beyond wowing you; it uses its illusions in the service of a serious-minded investigation into identity. It is the most personal and emotional magic show I have ever seen—it makes people cry—and DelGaudio’s performance has only deepened during the run. To describe what he does as a magic show at all seems almost like a form of misdirection. It’s not just magic; it’s magical."
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Time Out New York
April 13th, 2017

"If you come expecting a succession of quick routines and exuberant showmanship, 'In & Of Itself' will confound. But give yourself over to its subtler brand of magic and you should emerge pondering deeper questions beyond, 'How the hell did he do that?!' But you will ask that, too. DelGaudio masterfully performs six illusions...If the show sounds like a grab bag of unrelated elements, it eventually coalesces...It's best to enter in the dark if you want to fall under its heady spell."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 13th, 2017

"Each tale eventually leads to an unexpected, jaw-dropping trick...As a storyteller, DelGaudio is undeniably compelling, making the show feel intimate and personal. As a magician, well, there’s a reason he’s collected so many awards for his work and served as a consultant on Christopher Nolan’s film 'The Prestige.' Ultimately, though, the true magic of the show is its philosophical consideration of illusion, identity, and perception."
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April 12th, 2017

“Our charming host has ample opportunity to be a commanding narrative storyteller, with extraordinary illusions woven throughout in the manner of a musical score. They're not merely pauses for entertainment value but engine-driving, load-bearing moments that elevate magic from a diversion to a fine art. For perhaps the first time, magic is raising the question why instead of how — and why is leading to far more interesting answers.”
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Lighting & Sound America
April 14th, 2017

"A show with a surprisingly soulful quality...You could easily be forgiven for wondering, during the first thirty minutes, exactly where all of this is headed. Gradually, however, DelGaudio gets down to business, working a series of breathtaking sleight-of-hand card routines...A strange hybrid of magic and performance, 'In & Of Itself' left me somewhere between bewitched and bemused...I think I can guarantee it's unlike anything you've seen before."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 12th, 2017

“Although it's intended as a meditation on the nature and influence of identity, such concerns invariably fall behind the magic in prominence at every juncture…For more precise balance, an experienced playwright to aid with structure, or at the very least more time to develop the ideas, would not hurt. Really, though, you're not apt to care if the tricks are good, and those here are pretty great…He and his show are about as compelling, if not as groundbreaking, as they come.”
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Theater Pizzazz
April 12th, 2017

“Mesmerizing…DelGaudio’s expert, nimble fingers move quickly and rhythmically to produce amazing feats of sleight of hand. Remarkable! How does he do it? This is the next level, the extreme level, of sleight of hand…The actual ending leaves you incredulous…Derek DelGaudio raises esoteric questions that we can choose to ponder and answer.”
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