Derek DelGaudio. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Presented by Werner Entertainment, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Prediction Productions and Neil Patrick Harris
Created & Performed by Derek DelGaudio
Directed by Frank Oz
Artistic Producer: Glenn Kaino
Original Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Production Design: A.BANDIT
First Performance April 5, 2017
Opening April 12, 2017
Final Performance June 18, 2017, extended through May 6, 2018
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A mysterious story is deciphered and the illusion of one’s own identity is revealed in the new show, In & Of Itself. A modern allegory, In & Of Itself explores new ways of seeing the unseeable, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today and secrets imagined for tomorrow are blended together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show.
According to New York Times Magazine, “Derek DelGaudio takes illusionism to new conceptual heights” with In & Of Itself. A writer, performance artist, and three-time Academy of Magical Arts Award-winning magician, DelGaudio previously wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed show Nothing to Hide, which played sold-out engagements in LA and NYC. He was selected to be the Artist in Residence for Walt Disney Imagineering and co-founded, along with Kaino, the performance-art collective, A.BANDIT. In April 2017, the Academy of Magical Arts honored DelGaudio at the 49th Annual AMA Awards Show with the highest prize presented, “Magician of the Year”. One of the youngest artists to receive the honor, DelGaudio joins the ranks of past recipients such as David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, David Blaine and Ricky Jay.
In & Of Itself played a limited engagement at Geffen Playhouse in the spring and summer of 2016, where it extended an unprecedented five times, and became their highest grossing show to date. Los Angeles Magazine said In & Of Itself “might be the best piece of theater you’ll see this year. It’s hard to imagine any evening at the theater being more personal, more moving, or more magical.” Theatermania declared, “Your eyes betray you at every turn, showing you events that seemingly could not have possibly taken place – and yet they have.” “In & Of Itself makes the case for the art of magic with the power of storytelling. Derek DelGaudio isn’t just performing magic, but presenting a moving, deeply personal and compelling narrative, using magic as a metaphor to reach a deeper truth,” said SlashFilm. And BroadwayWorld proclaimed, “It is an experience that will change you, or at the very least, change how you see yourself in relationship to the world.”
Alexis Soloski – New York Times
But here’s the real wizardry: The show works. Beautifully. Tenderly. Astonishingly. Those “I am” cards return for the finale, and while it would be unsporting to say too much more about them, they allow Mr. DelGaudio a momentary connection to any audience member who proves willing. To watch this routine is to see 20 or 30 or 40 people each receive a private benediction and leave the theater, heads aswirl.
Breanne L. Heldman – Entertainment Weekly
When DelGaudio, who recently was named Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts, takes the stage and reminds the audience just how rehearsed everything is, from the lights to the run-of-show, you realize you’re in for something a little different. Of course, the entry is directed by Frank Oz and produced by Neil Patrick Harris, so perhaps you should’ve realized that beforehand.
Matthew Murray – Talkin’ Broadway
Magic acts can get away with being quiet and contemplative, as the magic is usually flashy and showy enough. But the difference between the style of the presentation and the tricks is rarely as gaping as is the case with In & of Itself, the new venture by Derek DelGaudio that just opened at the Daryl Roth Theatre under the direction of Frank Oz. So unassuming, even introverted, is the magician and so flooring are his feats that you may spend less time wondering how he accomplished them than how he bothered to get out of bed the days he thought them up. If the defining expression of the performer’s art is to stand in one place and make you want to come to him, DelGaudio may accomplish it better than any other magician out there.
Newly imported from Los Angeles, this solo performance by the world-class sleight-of-hand artist Derek DelGaudio is not merely a magic show with theatrical trappings but a thoughtful piece of theatre that makes inspired use of DelGaudio’s skills, conjuring a haunting essay on secrets and identity.
Raven Snook – TimeOut NY
Depending on your perspective, illusionist Derek DelGaudio’s solo outing is either a transcendent meditation on the malleability of identity, or a bunch of pretentious hooey. Objectively speaking, it’s both—which beautifully illustrates this two-time Academy of Magical Arts Award winner’s point. People (and things) are seen differently in our own mind and the eyes of other beholders.