Franco Pascali has the kind of resume that makes you feel like you’ve wasted your life. At just 20 years old, he’s the director of magic at Theory11 and has ridiculous skills as a magician, mentalist, and cardist. And now you could see him perform live.
Pascali is doing a limited tour called Mind Control. All of the performances take place at iPic Theaters, which are very nice spots to catch a movie as well as the occasional live show. Mind Control is presented by Theory11.
The first few shows have passed, but Pascali still has dates in three more cities. Here’s his remaining schedule, with shows at 6:30 pm and 9:45 pm at each stop:
March 30: Houston, Texas
March 31: Houston, Texas
April 13: Pasadena, California
April 14: Pasadena, California
April 20: Fairview, Texas
April 21: Fairview, Texas
The Mind Control website has more information about the tour.
It’s no secret that Jimmy Fallon loves magic, especially if the array of performers who continue to appear on his show is any indication. Be sure to tune in to The Tonight Show this evening as Theory11 has confirmed via Twitter that they’ll be appearing on Fallon’s talk show, along with illusionist Dan White with a routine that promises to be “something crazy”.
— theory11 (@theory11) February 1, 2018
Dan White is practically a regular fixture of the show at this point, with tonight’s appearance marking his seventh on the show. You can check out his time traveling card trick in the video below.
Theory11 and Jimmy Fallon aren’t just fans of each other’s work—they’ve collaborated on a special, premium deck of cards inspired by The Tonight Show‘s legacy, which you can snag at Theory11’s online store for $9.95.
In case you end up missing it, don’t worry. We’ll be sure to post the clip on GeniiOnline as soon as it goes live on YouTube.
Magic shops are all putting together their own holiday specials and contests, and the one Theory11 is running for the month of December has an added bonus of getting to spin a giant (virtual) wheel.
For every item you purchase from Theory11 until January 1st, you get a token. You can redeem tokens for a chance to spin the big wheel, which is filled with prizes like NPH decks signed by Neil Patrick Harris, a Canon T6i DSLR camera, a private session with Dan White, a free Elite Membership that grants you access to exclusive items and discounts, and many more.
Even if you don’t spend any money, you can still get a free spin on the prize wheel by simply signing up for a Theory11 account and logging in every 24 hours.
For a full list of all the prizes available, as well as additional contest rules, head over to the holiday contest page over at Theory11.
CBS Sunday Morning talks magic in a modern setting with Jonathan Bayme from Theory11. “You can explain everything with Google, but magic is one of the few things that still survives,” says Bayme, talking about magic’s timeless appeal. Still, that’s not to say magic’s image couldn’t use a bit of a makeover. As Dan White puts it, “Magic has had a connotation for a long time of being kind of cheesy. And we just try to make it not cheesy in any way that’s possible.”
Ron Carnell also gives a mini tour of the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan sharing a tiny slice of insight into how Robert-Houdin took magic from being the business of witches to a theatrical production. The video wraps up with an appearance from Richard Turner and includes a few clips from Dealt, which is now available via video on demand services.
Magic can be many things for many people, whether that means it’s kid-friendly and whimsical, uproariously funny, or dark and macabre. For Theory11 CEO and founder Jonathan Bayme, magic is elegant and refined—and he wants the products his company creates to reflect that. In a video for the Wall Street Journal, Bayme discusses Theory11’s vision of modernizing magic for the 21st century, and how he sets out to make that vision a reality.