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I don’t want to give too much away

I am interested in the opposite of this.

Is there a concise, spoiler-heavy take on this available anywhere?

Right here {SPOILERS}:

DelGaudio performs a one-man show using magic, animation, and crowd work to explore the subjects of identity and self-image. He tells a story about a Russian Roulette master who survives the game time and time again, even with six bullets in the chamber, then analogizes this with his life as the fatherless child of a gay mother, who early on masters the secrets of card sharps and conmen. He demonstrates sleight of hand and makes a gold brick teleport to a randomly selected intersection in Manhattan.

In the most affecting part of the show, DD brings a random audience member on stage and presents them with a letter from a loved one, written to DD at some point about the person. In the climax, he goes through the audience and tells about 100 of them what identity card they chose from a peg board on the way in.

It may not sound like much, but it really is very good, well produced, emotionally touching, and worth the hour and a half.

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Thank you for that.

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