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In 1974 Peter DePaula was cast in the lead role in the national tour of "The Magic Show," following its incredible success on Broadway (starring Doug Henning). On October 4 Peter will appear in a talk and lecture presented by the Parent Assembly of the S. A. M. in New York in which he will provide a behind-the-scenes view of appearing in this show, including how he was cast, how he learned the role, what it was like to perform the illusions in the show and much more. Plus he will teach material from his close-up repertoire. A full description of the event is below.

The Magic Show the Musical and Me
With Peter DePaula
Thursday, October 4, 8 p.m.

Free for Parent Assembly, #1 members, $15 for non-members of the S. A. M., $10 for S.A.M. members who are not members of PA1.

New York Theosophical Society
242 East 53rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
New York City

The Magic Show caused a major sea change in the world of magic. It opened in May 1974 at the Cort Theatre and ran for 1,920 performances, closing on December 31, 1978. Doug Henning was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and director Grover Dale was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.

This musical turned magic around 180 degrees, changing the way magicians dressed, the way it incorporated musical accompaniment, and how it was presented in general. It opened the door for the TV magic special and tweaked the interest of the television and film industry in exploring the art of magic.

That same year a young, upcoming New York magician named Peter DePaula auditioned for the national tour of The Magic Show. He was put through a rigorous audition cycle before being selected to play the role of The Magician in the national tour which ran for one year across the United States.

Peter will give a discussion on the show’s illusions and a backstage look at how this show was put together. He will also demonstrate and teach some of the magic that he did on TV to promote the show across the country. This presentation in part was given at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles for the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Broadway show. It was well received with great reviews from Peter's peers. Peter will also discuss what the magic scene was like in New York during that period. This will be an eventful evening of magic and the history of magic which marked the turning point of the art as we know it today.

A Facebook event for the presentation is at:

Parent Assembly also has a lecture scheduled with Gary Brown on September 21 at Fantasma Magic: ... nyc-10001/
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