A Word on Dani Lary

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Boy, you gotta love that small, Napoleonic Frenchman and grand illusionist! Just spent a pleasant morning enjoying about ten of his presentations on Patrick Sebastien’s “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”. Did you know that Dani Lary has closed each month’s program there with a fresh illusion for the past twenty years? That’s quite an accomplishment!

Yes, he’s very much into boxes and cabinets, dim lighting and fog, vanishes and transformations, but then, which illusionist isn’t? I love the gorgeous scenes and ornate props, the playfulness of his crew, the music, and the romantic moments incorporated. Not to mention the array of classic cars used in some illusions, or his appearing steam train.

Get yourself a treat and get started here or here!


 

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Magic Exhibitions in London

Speaking of magic exhibitions: “Staging Magic” has opened in London and promises to tell “the story behind the illusion.” It will be enhanced by special events and film screenings. You can see it at the Senate House Library, which is part of the University of London, until June 15th.

Staging Magic London

Another exhibition, “Smoke and Mirrors”, will open April 11th at the Wellcome Collection in London and run until September 15th. On that occasion, a new book on magic will be published: “Spectacle of Illusion” by Matthew Tompkins, who, according to the site, “recently became the first member of the Magic Circle to be admitted on the basis of a peer-reviewed scientific publication.”

Spec of Illusion