Published in the Village VoiceWhat do you picture when you hear the word magician? Maybe David Copperfield. Or a birthday party.
"Magic suffers from the people who do magic," Derek DelGaudio says.
DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães, two of the world's best young card magicians, are trying to change such perceptions with their show Nothing to Hide, which opens October 23 and runs through December 8 at the Signature Center. The duo brings the show to New York from the Geffen Playhouse, one of Los Angeles's most respected theaters, where it became a hit and extended its run several times.
Nothing to Hide features some mind-bending illusions, but its popularity stems mostly from the fact that DelGaudio and Guimarães aim to do something more than fool people: They want to raise magic from a craft to an art, from something nerdy to something cool.
They want to make magic that means something—magic that, like art or poetry, relates to the real world.