Forget everything you know about magic and magicians…
Now remember it all again.
“This thoughtful, playful and multi-layered piece will make you question how we watch and what we see” The Guardian
“An alternative low-key magic show… quiet, deliberate and exceptionally controlled” Time Out.
“Take’s apart the clockwork mechanics of wonder in ingenious style” Fest
This is not a magic show is a performance of and about sleight-of-hand magic: its invisible mechanics, its clichés, and what it tells us about live theatre and make-believe. In a conversational yet crafted approach, Vincent Gambini presents astonishing close-up magic that invites us to question how enchantment and wonder are produced within a theatrical situation.
Possibly the first of its kind, Vincent Gambini’s This is not a magic show is part performance-lecture, part deconstructed showbiz, and part magic tricks that leave you, like, omg.
Vincent Gambini is an award-winning magician. Based in Brighton and London, his speciality is sleight-of-hand with cards and coins, performed at very close quarters. He combines magic with elements of theatre, performance art and spoken word, all to create new forms of deception.
When still a teen, Vincent won 1st prize at the Italian Close-up Magic competition, and 2nd prize at the International competition in London. In 2001 he gained entry to the Magic Circle by writing a thesis called ‘Deconstructing Magic’ which, as a title, does a good job at describing his show. In his spare time he writes and makes performance art under the pseudonym Augusto Corrieri.
Vincent Gambini website