Derek DelGaudio, the performer and magician who recently made everyone cry their damn eyes out with the Hulu special Derek DelGaudio’s In & of Itself, is joining the cast of KIMI, a new film from Steven Soderbergh. The movie will mark Soderbergh’s latest project for Warner Bros. and HBO Max, joining the ranks of the previously released Let Them All Talk and the upcoming No Sudden Move. KIMI follows an agoraphobic tech worker played by Zoë Kravitz.
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The Movie: Derek DelGaudio’s In and Of Itself
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu:
The Pitch: Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself is a new kind of lyric poem. It tells the story of a man fighting to see through the illusion of his own identity, only to discover that identity itself is an illusion. An intimate and powerful exploration of what it means to be and be seen, the film chronicles Derek DelGaudio’s attempt to answer one deceptively simple question, “Who am I?” His personal journey expands to a collective experience that forces us to confront the boundaries of our own identities.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: The simplest way to describe Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself is to call it a one-man show that acts as both a performative mini-biography of the titular artist and magician and an impressive magic show. But believe me when I tell you that this isn’t merely an entertaining spectacle full of trickery that you’ve seen from the likes of David Blaine, David Copperfield, or Penn & Teller. Instead, Derek DelGaudio delivers an intimate, emotional experience that will have your mind blown and eyes watering. In and Of Itself is so much more than a magic show, and it’s easily one of the most soul-stirring experiences I’ve had in a long time. Read More »
In 2016, feature film director Frank Oz directed a show called In & Of Itself, which was created by acclaimed magician Derek DelGaudio. The show played at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway in New York City and drew dozens of celebrity guests curious to experience it; while it was initially supposed to run for just 10 weeks, it ended up being extended to a staggering 560 performances over 72 weeks before it ultimately came to an end last summer.
And by “end,” I actually mean “end.” The show is truly completed, with no more performances scheduled. But if, like me, you never got to see the show in person, there’s good news: it turns out there’s going to be an In and Of Itself movie. Read More »
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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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.