It was pretty wonderful.
I finally had the chance to see Derek DelGaudio's "In & of Itself". There’s a good chance if you’re reading this blog you probably have some knowledge of the show - or at the very least of Derek DelGaudio . If you know anyone who has seen the show they have probably struggled to describe it to you - and that should be the first sign that something very different is happening in that room.
I’m not going to explain anything from the show. Reducing it to its parts will fall short every time. All I can say is that it was the most authentic magic experience I have ever had in a theatre.
As much as I loved the show, it left me a little broken. I keep thinking about that word - authentic. I don’t think we use it much in magic, nor do I think creating authentic magic moments is something most magicians aim for. I know I’m guilty of it – and it cuts even deeper when you see how well it can be done.
If you have the chance, go see the show. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.
If you’ve seen the show and thought it would be interesting to spend a couple hours getting inside Derek’s brain, then I think you’ll enjoy this interview with him on the Pete Holmes podcast.