BACK TO WONDER: NOTES ON A MAGIC SHOW

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

“Back to Wonder” is an “immersive experience” from magician and storyteller Helder Guimarães. Limited to 15 people per performance, the show runs through June 18 in South Pasadena and purports to allow the viewer “a peek into his process and the world in which he lives.”

“Can You Keep a Secret?” runs the tagline.

You’re not given the address of the location—I hope this isn’t giving too much away—from which you’re ferried in a vehicle with frosted windows to an undisclosed location with blacked-out windows.

Supposedly we’re in the magician’s studio but everything seems way too ordered and neat for a studio. Everything exudes the air of having a trick door, or floor, or mirror. 

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

4 Replies to “BACK TO WONDER: NOTES ON A MAGIC SHOW”

  1. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to write this piece without disparaging the magician’s obvious skill and talent. But you did it and allowed us to think about something deeper. Thank you for this profound message.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Oh Ron, the guy is simply unvelievable. Deep deep respect for him. Also the mystery of why and how a person would be called to devote their lives to perfecting these tricks…obviously, it’s a vocation and again I so applaud that he heeded his call…Thanks for getting it–yes it was a delicate piece to write as I SO wanted to do him honor and not detract from his incredible craft.

  2. Yes people are amazing, such dedication to learning and performing a skill. We truly are fearfully, wonderfully made. I enjoy reading how you tie the wonder into our faith and the Eucharist. Thank you Heather.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Couldn’t agree more, Gloria–AMAZING skill. As I said, my hat is way off to him–

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