[Cancelled] The Chore of Enchantment

Dates and Times

Tue 14 - Thu 16 Apr 2020 at 7.15pm

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Presented by Vincent Gambini

Yes, the world is in turmoil. Can magic tricks and illusions provide the much-needed solace for these difficult times? Vincent Gambini is not so sure. 

Increasingly disillusioned by illusions, struggling with “magician’s block”, Gambini starts questioning the role of magic in the 21st-century. Cards magically appear and disappear, but the magician seems distracted by the news feed on his phone. He picks up the show script only to find all the words have vanished from it. He suddenly finds himself unable to distinguish theatre from reality, dreams for waking life, magic from fakery. What is magic anyway? Is this a show, or a description of a dreamAnd why do retired magicians spend their days as floating Yodas in Trafalgar Square? 

Combining deadpan reflections with jaw-dropping sleight-of-hand magic, Gambini’s new show plays expertly with our understandings of deception, artifice and theatrical make-believe.  

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed with support from the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Shoreditch Town Hall, Cambridge Junction, and ARC Stockton Arts Centre.  


” What makes the hour really special is that this is a magic show about magic itself – our need for wonder and miracles in our current dark times, even if we know it’s all made up.” –★★★ The List 

A lovely hybrid of theatre and magic– Total Theatre

‘There’s something deeply satisfying in the chill, philosophical style of Vincent Gambini” – Exeunt Magazine

“Gambini balances entertaining his audience with inspiring them to think, both about the real world and the nature of entertainment.” – ★★★★ World Magic Review 

Selected as part of The List’s ‘Theatre Hit List’, top theatre shows to see at the Fringe and as ‘Best of the Fest’ by the Sunday Times.


This performance contains mild references to depression.


The company don’t believe there is any health warnings in this performance.

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About the company

Vincent Gambini is an award-winning magician and theatre artist. His first work, ‘This is not a magic show’, toured to critical acclaim and was presented at CPT in 2016. With his second work, ‘The Chore of Enchantment’, Gambini continues to investigate the relation between theatre and magic.

www.vincentgambini.com | @Gambinimagic 

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