Members say: Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Masterful

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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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In 'In & of Itself,' DelGaudio examines the illusion of identity. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show.


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See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

90
Theatermania

“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.” Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

80
Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review

80
The New York Times

“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.” Full Review

70
The Huffington Post

"A piece of theater that moves you rather than dares you to figure it out...Here he is now with a new solo show, one that pushes further forward into creating moments of emotion and beauty where the 'trick' or stunt or illusion is not the point. He’s not there yet, but the evening is satisfying on several levels and it’s quietly exciting to see where he’s headed...It’s not a masterful performance yet. He’s a natural at magic but not as yet a natural at stage patter." Full Review

75
The Huffington Post

"At once personal and prophetic: The boy who hid information makes a living blurring reality...His tricks are impressive and he does amaze—but at times, the pacing is a bit too subtle...The real trick is how he employs stories, illustrated by cut-out windows on a back wall, to underscore his sleight-of-hand. For 75 gently hypnotic minutes, the amiable DelGuadio reminds us that seeing is believing—even if what we see is an illusion." Full Review

90
Talkin' Broadway

“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.” Full Review

75
Woman Around Town

"'In & Of Itself' is literate and intriguing. Derek DelGaudio’s onstage persona is serious. He’s not trying to fool us so much as to make us aware. The boat effect, though charming, doesn’t seem to relate to a story and, despite impressive manipulation, I could have done without the inevitable cards. Everything else follows as the night the day, weaving an artful spell." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

“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.” Full Review

90
WNYC

“A haunting, one-man performance piece that explores the disconnect between how we see ourselves and how others see us…In fact, there's so much art in the show that at times the magic can feel distracting. That's because the heart of this piece is not astonishment, but a series of deeply felt, confessional narratives…And yet when the magic and storytelling perfectly align in the last half hour, it is as if he has pulled an elephant out of a hat." Full Review

85
Village Voice

"It is wonderful to witness the legerdemain generated by Derek DelGaudio...For all of the undeniable wonders that transpire over the seventy-five minutes, 'In & Of Itself' remains a cunningly low-keyed event, glimmering with a nearly mystical quality...DelGaudio’s medley of astonishments is heightened by the atmospheric production...All the elements coalesce to lend a gently hypnotic ambiance to DelGaudio’s doings." Full Review

80
Epoch Times

“A unique magic show...The show concerns itself with more than magic. It probes the viewer’s mind, inviting him to examine what identity is, really. As the show is interspersed with illusion, one may indeed begin to question formerly held conceptions…The show was at times mesmerizing, and never less than interesting. You can do worse than going downtown to the Daryl Roth Theatre and picking out your own card.” Full Review

85
SusanGranger.com

"Magician Derek DelGaudio astounds audiences with his new one-man show, combining confessional storytelling with amazing effects, revolving around the philosophical concepts of illusion and identity...Adroitly staged by Frank Oz with mood music by Mark Mothersbaugh and subtle lighting by Adam Blumenthal, it’s a dazzling theatrical display of the magical arts." Full Review

85
Entertainment Weekly

"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." Full Review

70
Paste Magazine

“A genius magician dabbles in a non-linear one-man show format, which works sometimes but not others. The illusions, however, will definitely blow your mind…They are sometimes deeply emotionally moving…The monologues are a bit belabored, stretched, disjointed, and often unearned…It’s unclear what you’re ultimately supposed to draw from this theatrical fog, but you’ll definitely leave the theatre very impressed, with a hefty dose of warm and fuzzies.” Full Review

55
The Hollywood Reporter

for a previous production "It’s all very heady and will intrigue even those not predisposed to card tricks and the like, but only up to a point. If all you want is to be blown away by mind-twisting illusions, 'In & Of' Itself might leave you a little disappointed...While DelGaudio’s approach to his craft is wholly original, it is engaging only in so far as one is interested in magic. Otherwise it quickly becomes the same old thing in a beguiling new wrap." Full Review

65
Los Angeles Times

for a previous production "Such an unexpected puzzle of a show, such an eclectic collection of stories, confessions, illusions and tricks — several truly dumbfounding — that audience members will want to come back...The show, proceeding in unpredictable directions, has a quirky, grab-bag feel that is at once attractive and a bit unsatisfying...DelGaudio announces large and portentous themes but could use some more supporting evidence and a stronger concluding paragraph to tie everything together." Full Review

35
LA Weekly

for a previous production "'In & Of Itself' leaves you just kind of expecting more...There’s a fair bit of literal and symbolic misdirection as well, of extended buildups that don’t seem to lead anywhere or pay off...All told, there are some half-dozen illusions that, while impressive, don’t withstand the-walk-to-the-car scrutiny...For an experience billed as both magic show and night of revelation, it comes up a little short on either end." Full Review

85
Theatermania

for a previous production "DelGaudio does not perform parlor tricks, he tells stories and connects directly with the audience using the illusions as emphasis to heighten their impact...Derek DelGaudio is a masterful storyteller. He fills minds with anecdotes and perplexing tales then blows those minds with simple but astounding feats. No matter how much one wants to know how everything has been achieved, one cannot help but enjoy the thrill of the mystery. And that's the real magic." Full Review

90
The Three Tomatoes

for a previous production "As thought-provoking as any piece of theatre I’ve ever seen and as revelatory in its awe-inspiring moments as any magic act I’ve ever witnessed...'In & Of Itself' is a rare entertainment where magic and theatre have evolved into a new form of art...More than the sum of its parts, each decision enhances the overall effect and delivers on the show’s promise." Full Review

60
Arts Beat LA

for a previous production "The illusion and prestidigitation show feels somewhat underwhelming. Ostensibly a very short evening with a solo performer the show unfolds at a languid pace. Derek DelGaudio’s presents for us as a series of stories, illusions and card tricks. His demeanor is quiet and his delivery is measured and soporific...He performs a neat little piece of sleight-of-hand and shadow puppetry...Derek DelGaudio’s show is a pleasant, if brief, diversion but as a magic show it’s not all that remarkable." Full Review

80
Total Theater

for a previous production "A quirky kind of magic show, one whose basic comic spirit has an aura of darkness and mystery...When he’s not being serious DelGaudio, a low-key but skilled magician with a deft line of patter, does card tricks, interacts with the audience, tells jokes, disappears various objects before our eyes, and entertains us masterfully...Mothersbaugh’s score provides a haunting underpinning to the one-hour show, which is ably directed by Frank Oz." Full Review

95
Los Angeles Magazine

for a previous production "This is a singular and unique experience, invincible to generalities. DelGaudio is more interested in raising questions than answering them, and his true talent isn’t in the expertise of his card handling, but his ability to use a larger context to elevate illusion into a kind of poetry. There are at least five utterly astounding moments in this show where he does just that...It’s hard to imagine any evening at the theater being more personal, more moving, or more magical." Full Review

85
Daily Bruin

for a previous production “Some stories thrill and send shivers down the audience’s spine, while others feel like a bemusing non sequitur to lead DelGaudio to his next trick…In a way, the magic of 'In & Of Itself' is less about the tricks and reveals but more about what it makes the viewer contemplate. DelGaudio’s questions and stories worm their way into the audience members’ minds, and make them question if what they are seeing is real…‘In & Of Itself’ is like nothing I have ever seen before.” Full Review

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88
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining

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 are...at who WE are. Lovely.

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

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Slow

See it if you enjoy interesting stories told in a slow but compelling manner,impressive memorization skills,& excellent staging for a small production

Don't see it if You're expecting a program of one magic trick after another. There are some, well done, but the focus is on the narrative and memory work.

84
Clever, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you like magic and the unknown-- in an erudite dark way--not in a rabbit in a hat way.

Don't see it if you want a thrill a minute show...this builds slowly and leaves you wondering. Don't expect razzle dazzle.

80
Clever, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in theatrical 'magic' and 'mind-reading' by a really good storyteller/performer.

Don't see it if you're looking for serious 'theater' a musical or a more sophisticated evening.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Enchanting, Profound

See it if i was wowed

Don't see it if some of the stories ran long and were confusing imo, and some of it was hard to see

85
Masterful, Entertaining, Impressive, Well staged, Imaginative

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.

79
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Slow, Amazing

See it if you enjoy very personal stories interwoven with cool illusions and what truly seemed like ESP.

Don't see it if you have a problem with a slow pace.

Also HINT: Get there early and choose a card that really speaks to you, not... Read more Read less

68
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow, Low energy, A few mind-boggling tricks

See it if You want to see a few amazing feats. Impossible to understand how he does these things. Fantastic in that sense. But a lot of talk. Slow.

Don't see it if You want something fast paced or even medium paced. This is pretty slow and the 75 minutes seemed much longer than that!

Also I had loved and been amazed by his previous show, Nothing to Hide, and... Read more Read less

36
Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you don't mind losing two hours of your precious time for one great trick.

Don't see it if you don't like magicians or magic shows.

Also We expected more. First or fall we didn't know what was gonna happens.... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, 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.

84
Absorbing, Must see, Refreshing, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You want a new and different kind of theatre experience, if you like magic, particularly sleight of hand, or if you want to be amazed.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy magic, one-person shows or audience participation. It is a little slow at times but punctuated with some great tricks!

100
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting

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

75
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You enjoy being confounded by “magic.” Some truly jaw-dropping moments.

Don't see it if You have heard too many spoilers. (They would truly spoil it.) Or if you expect a high-energy performance.

91
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want a piece of theatre that is outside the ordinary where you will leave reflecting on what happened.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional magic show.

77
Absorbing, Disappointing, Insipid, Entertaining

See it if You like magic tricks

Don't see it if You need a theme. There is supposed to be a theme here, but it falls flat.

83
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy tricks of the mind, and out of the ordinary. You won't know how he does it. Great show for making you think.

Don't see it if you don't like mind boggling tricks.This show works for everyone and is a great show for the whole family. you won't know how he does it.

80
Ambitious, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy sleight of hand and magic tricks. Done masterfully. Or you really enjoy audience participation.

Don't see it if you are going for the plot. It's a bit over-acted and takes itself a little seriously on the metaphors. But very entertaining.

75
Enchanting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Slow

See it if you want to be floored with really cool magic that's part of a story that makes you see yourself in a (possibly) different way.

Don't see it if you want a deep plot, a fast-paced show, or you don't enjoy a neat presentation of magic.

75
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if illusionists are your thing. You really can't do better. The "tricks" here are mind-blowing and impossible to explain. Thrilling.

Don't see it if you don't care for "illusions", or if you want a constantly upbeat show. DelGaudio is brooding and thee is as much talk as "magic."

80
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Riveting, Slow

See it if You enjoy illusion/magic threaded through an interesting story. One man storyteller with mind-boggling illusions mixed in. Fascinating.

Don't see it if Don't like 1-man shows, want a linear play. Rather slow-paced & not a lot of illusions/magic tricks. Story he tells is intensely cerebral.

85
Clever, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Great staging

See it if You like magic, thinking, and intimate theatre

Don't see it if You’re looking for a big, glitzy magic show. This is a show for thinkers.

73
Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy illusionists

Don't see it if magic is not your thing

77
Brilliant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Magical, Calm

See it if Pleasantly shocking to witness the crafty illusions while listening to Roulettista telling us who he is and who we are; wowed at the end

Don't see it if Slow-paced, substantial audience-driven humor and moments

90
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You have 75 minutes for a show full of great story telling and illusions. Very engaging.

Don't see it if You don't like magic

80
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want to engage to figure out what is happening and why; you like mixed performances involving storytelling and some mind blowing tricks

Don't see it if You're into a traditional theatre experience or if you avoid solo shows


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