Yes, the world is in turmoil. Can magic tricks and illusions provide the much-needed solace for these difficult times? Vincent Gambini is not so sure.
Increasingly disillusioned by illusions, struggling with “magician’s block”, Gambini starts questioning the role of magic in the 21st-century. Cards magically appear and disappear, but the magician seems distracted by the news feed on his phone. He picks up the show script only to find all the words have vanished from it. He suddenly finds himself unable to distinguish theatre from reality, dreams for waking life, magic from fakery. What is magic anyway? Is this a show, or a description of a dream? And why do retired magicians spend their days as floating Yodas in Trafalgar Square?
Combining deadpan reflections with jaw-dropping sleight-of-hand magic, Gambini’s new show plays expertly with our understandings of deception, artifice and theatrical make-believe.