A true tale of conspiracy, cover-ups and close-up magic.
What arcane secrets did Sidney Lebowitz, USAF senior airman from Brooklyn New York, keep hidden even from his wife?
Was he a con man, a card sharp
or was there a deeper mystery?
I did the one-handed shuffle he’d shown me which I’d spent a year practicing.
“In a poker game that’ll get you killed” he snarled. “You’re giving away the secret!”
I just did card tricks but uncle Sidney, US airman, was a hustler. “Magic isn’t about showing off. It’s about the effect you create. Bending the laws of the universe. You don’t want them to think you have skills!”
Award nominated Performance Artist Anton Binder returns to the Brighton Fringe with his latest devised piece, a mix of drama and close-up illusion. ‘Like Derren Brown directed by David Lynch’
Anton Binder's solo show 'I Married an Alien Card-Sharp' combines anecdotal drama and close-up illusion in a unique take on magic, mind games and false memory.
An extraordinary performance
that will leave you stunned.
Review from the first night
"Poker hustling, invisible cards, time travel and a particularly malleable fourth wall.
Frank Sinatra plays as we sit in the delightful attic space of the Purple Playhouse Theatre. It’s a full house.
The curtain opens to reveal a single chair, draped with a white coat. A US airman wanders in, sits down and starts talking to an unseen person, or was it us? It’s hard to tell, as it’s like he’s peering through a two sided mirror, trying to discern his audience. A short, heated telephone conversation ensues, which soon becomes evident is with his wife; he’s blagging more time in the poker game.
The airman takes off his hat and addresses his new audience. Now it’s definitely us; suddenly the accent is gone and Anton is telling us about how, as a boy, he told his nana he was going to be a magician and how his uncle (the airman) had taught him magic and the fineries of being a card sharp.
An hour and twenty minutes flies past as the show continues, dipping in and out of the present as the airman’s story unfolds. At the same time, we’re being treated to conjuring tricks and comedy, as Anton tells his own story.
A thoroughly entertaining show and one which I recommend you go and see on one of its four remaining nights."
Purple Playhouse Theatre
36 Montefiore Road
15th May 20:00 - 21:00
16th May 20:00 - 21:00
22nd May 20:00 - 21:00
24th May 20:00 - 21:00
24th May 21:30 - 22:30
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