Peter Samelson Lecture

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Peter Samelson 

"Theatrical Magic Lecture"

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

7:30pm - doors open at 7:00pm

$30.00 advance-members before deadline

$35.00 non-members before deadline 1/18/19

$40.00 at the door

Exit Theater 156 Eddy St, SF

Tickets call (415) 566-2180

“As seen on PBS “The Art of Magic”

Peter Samelson is an author, performer, lecturer, consultant and producer in Magic and Theater.  Christened the "soft-spoken conceptualist of sorcery" by the New York Times, Peter Samelson has performed atop the Great Wall of China, in the jungles of Bali and the universities of Tokyo. He has performed for Mexican peasants and Grand Prix race car drivers on the World Cruise of the Queen Elizabeth II. He has entertained Princess Stephanie of Monaco, the jet-set of Paris and the fishermen mending their nets on the beaches of Cartagena. From Kenya to the Magic Castle, from television to trade shows, college campuses to commercials, the New York stage, night clubs and celebrity events, Peter Samelson has distinguished himself not only as a magician, but as an artist. Peter performs and lectures at colleges, universities, and Theater and Performing Arts festivals. Peter has staged two one-man Off-Broadway shows; "The Magician" and "PaperWork." He also performs and designs for television, film and theater including: "What About Bob," "Whispers in the Dark," for Kraft Salad Dressing, host on a syndicated 13 part series on Magic, CNN's "Sonya Live!", Mabou Mines, The Bermuda Theater Festival, the new musical "Houdini" and the PBS Special, "The Art of Magic."  Not only has he performed world-wide, but also he has headlined and produced the longest Magic Show in New York: “Monday Night Magic.”   His book, “Theatrical Close Up” has been long out of print and is widely sought out by top working professionals.

Peter’s Magic Lecture will explore and explain his approach to creating “Theatrical Magic.”  He teaches and performs material from his working repertoire with attention to the small details that have a huge impact & the theoretical underpinnings of why those changes matter and why they work.  Some of the highlights he will show: video exposes of 2 illusions, tools for creating “Magic,” Heartstrings (Gypsy Thread), The Phoenix (New Life from the Ashes), Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and New York Transpo (Card Magic).  Learn the real secrets of magic… Performance, Timing, & Misdirection from the Master!

“Peter Samelson in my mind is exactly what all magicians should strive to be. He is clever, inventive and has a keen sense of how to make an audience care. I am proud to call him a personal inspiration and a friend. No matter who you are, you will benefit from listening to him.”-Kevin James"

I've had the pleasure of producing several projects with Peter Samelson and have seen him perform his signature routines at least a dozen times in studio and in front of live audiences and his performances always move me - and I can't tell you the last time any magic performance or performer has ever done that."-Bill Abbott“

Peter Samelson understands how to amaze. His depth of thought and attention to detail are blended with beauty and whimsy -- a great combination!”-Max Maven

“Peter Samelson is giving a lecture? I’m THERE! Peter is a master of good magical construction. His sense of theatricality, scripting, and fine-tuning every important detail makes for some strong, memorable magic. Don’t watch him unless you really want to make your magic better.”-Francis Menotti

“The first time I saw Peter Samelson I was blown away at how different he was than any other magician I had seen. He spoke well. He treated the audience with respect. He stood up! At the time EVERYONE was tossing things in their laps. In other words… he was way ahead of his time. Watching Peter CHANGED what I thought of performing and helped shape me into whatever I am today. Thank you, Peter.”-Chris Kenner

“When a magician claims to do ‘theatrical magic’ it often means amateur acting, hackneyed storytelling and badly diluted magic overshadowed by the lame attempt at theater. Peter Samelson does sophisticated, intelligent theatrical magic where the mystery is kept in focus, and the theatrical elements add emotion and relevance rather than detract from the magic. Listen to this man. He knows things.”-Eric Mead

“Peter is one of the hardest working magicians I know, he is never afraid of stepping out of his comfort zone and trying something completely new and perfecting it for as long as it takes.”-Asi Wind


Peter Samelson doesn’t do magic; he helps people to see magic!  

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