In & Of Itself
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In & Of Itself

In & Of Itself NYC Reviews and Tickets

(182 Reviews)
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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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Member Reviews (182)

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
Talky, Serious, Unusual, Slow, Masterful

See it if you enjoy lots of patter with occasional impressive feats of magic. The tone is serious, not playful and fun (like Penn & Teller).

Don't see it if you want a lot of charm. I found DelGuadio rather flat. Still, his feats are dazzling (those letters!).

927 Reviews | 379 Followers
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if You like magic and even if you don’t. This is much more than magic. It makes you look at who you who WE are. Lovely.

Don't see it if If you’re just too jaded to have fun, let go and believe in magic.

939 Reviews | 224 Followers
Ambitious, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing, Edgy

See it if it was very interesting. the magic was very good , the story, even a little slow was very good and worked with the play. It kept you on edge

Don't see it if If you do not like magic or this genre of show, you will not like this. the star of the show is fantastic.

763 Reviews | 212 Followers
Riveting, Entertaining, Must see, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if you want to lose yourself for 75 minutes of mind-blowing fun and wonder while having this pause also make you think.

Don't see it if you need quick action by a rousing cast that has no pause. Here, you need to pay attention to one person.

507 Reviews | 1867 Followers
Masterful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Riveting

See it if You want to see an artful, cerebral storytelling illusion show. Derek Delguardio pulls off a masterful performance with absorbing tales.

Don't see it if You don’t like magic or would prefer a play. This is an experience performance.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
Impressive, Imaginative, Well staged, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you like magicians with excellent hand skills and philosophical patter.

Don't see it if you are not willing to suspend disbelief. The performance often seems slow even unimpressive until DelGaudio suddenly connects.

677 Reviews | 186 Followers
Riveting, Indulgent, Entertaining, Clever, Slow

See it if you like to be dazzled by imaginative and masterful illusion/magic/black arts/sleight of hand.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for pretentious & often slow storytelling between the clever tricks; or you shiver at the sound of shuffling cards

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy the creation of a suspenseful, foreboding atmosphere & magic, easily distracted by well-refined tricks that can sometimes awe

Don't see it if you want magic shows to have lots of magic & less distraction, don't like lengthy anecdotes that postpone the magic, don't like being fooled

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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