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GATHERING THE MAGIC is a solo performance event in which master magician Nelson Lugo combines slice-of-life storytelling with sophisticated stage magic to produce an extraordinary theatrical experience. In the style of NPR's The Moth combined with classic turn-of-the-century magic, Nelson Lugo lures his audience into an intricate web of pop cultural influences and life lessons as he presents magic in a whole new way. 

GATHERING THE MAGIC is a 90 minute exploration of one magician’s journey: A timeless tale of “boy meets magic kit/boy becomes magician,” packed with pitfalls, triumph and adventure. 

Descended from a genuine Santeria, Nelson Lugo has evolved his singular magical style for more than 15 years, showcasing classic prestidigitation with a wink and a nod to the nerd culture that has shaped him. GATHERING THE MAGIC is in its essence a love story which asks if there can be truth in deception, for it’s not always so important HOW a trick is done, but WHY.

Written / Performed by Nelson Lugo

Directed by Paige Blansfield

With Additional Material by Richard Lovejoy

Magic Consulting by Richard Laufenburger

In GATHERING THE MAGIC, Mr. Lugo - who has been described by Magic Times as "funny and gasp-inducingly astounding, as well as sparklingly smart and sophisticated all at once" - takes his audience on a journey that traverses "boy meets magic kit/boy becomes magician," complete with pitfalls, triumph and adventure. Laced with tales from his career and life - including his Santeria heritage - Lugo's GATHERING THE MAGIC reveals that it's not always important to know HOW a magic trick is done, but WHY.

In the tradition of magic shows, each performance of GATHERING THE MAGIC will feature an opening act, a rotating schedule featuring some of Mr. Lugo's young peers, including Killy Mockstar Dwyer, Schaffer the Darklord and Eli August & The Abandoned Buildings.

GATHERING THE MAGIC will perform the following schedule: January 30 and 31 at 7 pm.; Feb. 6 and 7 at 7 pm and Feb. 8 at 3 pm; February 12, 13 and 14 at 7 pm and Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 pm. Running time is 90 minutes. Admission to the Feb. 8 performance will be 'pay what you can.'

"in speaking of his life experiences, including the first time he saw magic performed by Harry Blackstone Jr., his love of Batman and some supposedly "real" magic performed by his Santeria grandmother, goes to the heart of why some of us find magic so irresistible. For this reason, Gathering the Magic may just be the perfect show to entertain conjuring fans as well as those who don't get it."
- StageBuddy.com

"the show, and Mr. Lugo, are an utter delight. Mr. Lugo’s enthusiasm and love for his craft gives us, the audience, a deeper appreciation of why we love magic tricks so much. The lesson here is not always HOW a trick is done (a question Mr. Lugo hates with a passion), but WHY is it done?"
- nytheaternow.com


Written / Performed by Nelson Lugo
Directed by Paige Blansfield

With Additional Material by Richard Lovejoy
Magic Consulting by Richard Laufenburger

 

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