Derek DelGaudio’s mystifying one-person show In & Of Itself has become entangled in a mystery of its own, one that involves a trio of magicians, hidden cameras, and accusations of thievery. DelGaudio, whose Off-Broadway show has received critical acclaim and has been extended through the end of the year, tweeted last month that two professional magicians had been caught secretly filming his performance from the audience.
Well, we must be doing something right. This week we caught not just one but two professional magicians secretly filming @InandOfItself.— DEREK DELGAUDIO (@derek_del) June 12, 2017
One of those, according to a new report from the New York Times, is Irish mentalist David Meade. The Times reported that a light pulsing from Meade’s shirt pocket caught the attention of the technician in the booth at the Daryl Roth Theatre. The light, which was coming from an iPhone, was visible on the infrared monitor.
In the video recording, which was viewed but not published by NYT, Meade can allegedly be seen removing his phone from his pocket and placing it under his chin. The visiting magician has denied any accusations of attempting to film or steal any parts of DelGaudio’s show. An usher reportedly checked Meade’s iPhone, and no recordings were found.
In & Of Itself, a solo show that weaves magic and personal storytelling, is currently playing Off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square through December 30. Following two extensions, the show has effectively quadrupled its original ten-week run. Performances began in New York April 5.
The New York premiere of In & Of Itself is produced by Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, Werner Entertainment, Gary Goddard Entertainment, and Prediction Productions.
In & Of Itself arrived Off-Broadway earlier this spring following a sold-out, five-time extended engagement at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The show, which explores identity and illusion, is created and performed by magician and performance artist DelGaudio with direction by Emmy winner Frank Oz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Shop of Horrors).
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