By Sam Schube Photo by Matteo Mobilio Derek DelGaudio is, technically speaking, one of the best magicians in the world. But he’s spent the last few years putting on a mind-blowing stage show that’s equal parts conceptual art and social experiment. Here, with a little help from fan Stephen Colbert, director Frank Oz, and collaborator
What comes to mind when you read the word “magic”? Wands? Doves? Tall black hats and puffy shirts? Maybe a douchey guy in Ed Hardy flexing his abs in a Vegas show? Even worse, maybe a little light misogyny – a woman being manipulated in a borderline-creepy way, being sawed in half, or vanishing altogether.
In Las Vegas, it’s as easy to take in a big magic show as it is to lose big money at the casino. The most popular acts include Penn & Teller, David Copperfield, and Criss Angel. Magic is even dominating the box office with “Now You See Me 2,” which opened to good box office
The first time Derek DelGaudio performed at the Geffen Playhouse — in the 2012 show “Nothing to Hide,” which he created with co-star Helder Guimarães and director Neil Patrick Harris — DelGaudio ended up staying longer than expected: The magic act, originally slotted for a one-month run, packed the house for 18 weeks. Now DelGaudio