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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