in & of itself - In and Of Itself

A couple years ago, two-time Close-Up Magician of the Year Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães broke records at Los Angeles’ Geffen Theatre with their magic show Nothing To Hide. That production was extended to 144 performances, breaking daily and weekly box office sales, and grossing more than $1 million before moving to New York City. It was one of those little shows that became the thing to see in LA. When I saw it, the theater was filled with a who’s who of Hollywood, all there to see exactly what everyone was talking about. And the show itself, in many ways was about that — about having a special experience with a small group of people, untethered by technology, that couldn’t be taken in anywhere else.

So when Derek DelGaudio announced he would be returning to the Geffen with a new show called In & Of Itself, directed by Frank Oz (The Muppet Studio legend who voiced/performed Yoda and directed many great films in his own right) and featuring an original score by Mark Mothersbaugh (the Devo co-founder who has composed so many great film and television scores over the last three decades, but with notable contributions to Wes Anderson’s films), I knew I had to see it.

And in the months leading up to the show, there has been very little information revealed about what it would even entail. In place of a description, Geffen’s own programing magazine features a one page handwritten letter from Derek explaining why he was unable to write one for this show. Last night I saw the opening night performance, and I can tell you that In & Of Itself is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

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Disney Developing a “History of Magic” Movie

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Briefly: Disney, known as the creator of the Magic Kingdom, is looking to the Magic Castle for a new film. The studio is developing an as-yet untitled movie featuring a strong magical component. In fact, a noted practitioner of card tricks and sleight of hand, Derek DelGaudio, is on board as a producer.  DelGaudio is also recently spending the first half of 2014 as an artist in residence at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Keith Bunin, who wrote Ezekial Moss, the movie Phillip Seymour Hoffman planned to direct prior to his death, will script.  There is little info available about the pitch that put the development in motion, but THR reports that the story will “tackle the history of magic’s last 100 years as seen through the eyes of one magician.”

Bunin is on a streak; in addition to Ezekial Moss, he adapted Joe Hill’s Horns into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, and wrote the Dr. Seuss biopic that Johnny Depp may topline. He’s also got the script Standard Loneliness Package set at Fox Searchlight with John Krokidas to direct, and Skyjack at CBS films, with Will Gluck directing.