Already closed | 1h 15m | Gramercy

In & Of Itself

From 178 member  reviews
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. More…

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.

1h 15m | Already closed | Daryl Roth Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (178)


Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Masterful
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Refreshing, Clever, Enchanting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you want to see a really great magic show that's also interested in telling a story and succeeds on both counts.

Don't see it if you have no sense of wonder.

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

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

Absorbing, Masterful, Slow, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if You love a good yarn from an interesting storyteller, plus a bit of magic thrown in along the way.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy slowly-paced one-man shows or are hoping for an entire show's worth of magic. There are maybe five "tricks" in the piece.

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.

Not worth the price

See it if You feel like you can emotionally give yourself to the performer.

Don't see it if You are expecting any big illusions. Everything he does is very basic and easy to figure out

Also He is one of the best slight of hand magicians living today but even t... Read more Read less

Masterful, Poignant, Entertainment that goes deep, Resonant, Haunting and beautiful

See it if You like over-arching themes of illusion, identity, belief in the unseen, finding connection. It's magical, in every sense. You'll tear up.

Don't see it if Expecting standard magician fare. The show is special for many reasons, including the stories in-between. Don't read too much beforehand.

Also This is the kind of experience that supplants wondering about how it w... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You are looking for a little over an hour of a different experience. A little magic, a little one-man-show, and fun if you just go with it.

Don't see it if You don't like being spoken down to. The performer is a world class magician, and his mannerisms are sometimes a little stilted and forced.

Dizzying, Slow, Thought-provoking, 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

Ambitious, Slow, Interesting, Overrated, Worthwhile

See it if you’d be entertained by a slow-burn theater experience. It takes awhile to get going for a 90-minute show, but is ultimately enjoyable.

Don't see it if you find the price point high for what this is: somewhat interesting stories interspersed w/some card tricks & 2 fimpressive show-closers.

Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Slow, Quirky

See it if A memorable night at the theater with a world-class magician. Amazing program however a bit wordy and slow at times.

Don't see it if Do not go if you are not interested in magic and the slight of hand or a solo performance.

Absorbing, Riveting, Funny

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

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

Masterful storytelling, Quietly beautiful, Magical, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You seek a unique theatrical experience delivered by a master storyteller and magician. The show comes together in a profound way.

Don't see it if You are expecting a flashy magic show. While there are magic elements to the show, it is about so much more than that.

Also I was blown away by this show. I came into it intrigued, but not reall... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if Personal stories interspersed with elegant magic tricks. A riveting evening not to be missed. Your mind will be blown!

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play or musical. Otherwise, take a chance on this show! At 75minutes, you won’t regret it!

Ambitious, Enchanting, Disappointing, Indulgent, Masterful

See it if you want to see more than a parade of "tricks" and don't mind this being less a magic show and more a sincere theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you prefer magic to monologizing, you're expecting flashy Vegas showmanship, or self-seriousness grates on you.

Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are ready to see a magic show unlike any you have seen before. Prepare yourself to be amazed!

Don't see it if Magic is not your thing.

Must see, Riveting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing

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!

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Slow, Profound

See it if you want to be amazed by some outstanding illusions, and don't mind the slow pace & lengthy stories in between.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fast-paced show, with lots of action and excitement

Also You walk to your seat wondering why you had to select, then turn in a ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated

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.

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 sho...
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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 durin...
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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 mast...
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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 f...
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