Friday, November 13, 2015


Everybody loves a magic show and the illusions that actor and super magician Albie Selznick demonstrates certainly amaze and delight. There is the levitating pretty lady, the live doves that appear and disappear, the swallowed razor blades, the Houdini escape trick, and card tricks to baffle us all. 

Also, Selznick has added the story of his childhood and explains how, after losing his father mysteriously at an early age, he started on a lifelong search, through illusion, for an invisible man. It’s a poignant story and, while it humanizes his dedication to magic, it sometimes puts a pall on the otherwise mischievous goings on.

There is one audience participation segment that seemed suspiciously contrived when a large white ball morphed into an all-knowing Oracle and interacted with a member of the audience. At this performance, the gal in the hot seat seemed to be a plant and the segment lacked the very magic it proposed to reveal. However, if you bring some young people maybe you, or one of them, will be selected to meet the Oracle and that episode will prove to be smoke and mirrors indeed.

Lively assistance is given by Joey Dworsky, Laurie Huff, Kyle Bryan Hall, Michael Heiman and Alix Koromazy. 

Directed by David Schweizer and produced by Michelle Grant.

At the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. through Dec. 20. Tickets: 310-477-2055 x2 or

Magic Monday! During the run of Smoke & Mirrors there will be a weekly cabaret show Monday evenings with a lineup of magicians every week. Info at: 310-450-2849 or check out
Photos by Lisa Bevis

Also reviewed in the December issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.

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