Maker of moments
Insists it’s invisible
Rarely deals off the top
A keeper of secrets
Crafty with shadows
Lives in the spaces between
Engineers escape plans
Sees better in the dark
“He is an enigmatic figure in the magic world – extraordinary technical gifts, an encyclopedic knowledge and a way of looking at things from a revolutionary perspective.” – MAGIC MAGAZINE
Derek’s work as a conjurer and performance artist ranges from intimate and conceptual sleight of hand to grand-scale public interventions. He has received critical praise for 184 Seconds, a conceptual magic performance, #derekshowlive, a magic show performed solely on Twitter and, most recently, Nothing To Hide, which debuted at the Geffen Playhouse in November of 2012.
Zachary Pincus-Roth wrote of Derek’s work, “It’s magic as abstract art, reminiscent of composer John Cage.”
In 2012 and 2013, The Academy of Magical Arts named Derek, Close-up Magician of the Year.
In 2011, the Conjuring Arts Research Center appointed Derek their Director of Contemporary Conjuring (D.C.C.). Derek is responsible for interpreting new ideas or developments in magic, as well as, the historical relevance of existing work. The D.C.C. is also responsible for creating dialogs between The Conjuring Arts Research Center and entities in fields relevant to the magical arts, such as: Theater, Contemporary Art, Music, Internet, Film and Television.
Over the years, Derek’s specialized expertise and unique perspective have led him to contribute to a diverse range of film, theatrical, internet, educational and political projects. He has worked with Christopher Nolan, David Mamet and The Tonight Show, as well as, Bruce Mau and his Massive Change Project to name a few.
A.Bandit is an experimental performance art group started by Derek and conceptual artist Glenn Kaino. Formed with the intention of creating a new medium between art and magic, A.Bandit has performed their psycho-spatial interventions at such venues as Soho House Hollywood, Art LA Contemporary, LAXART, The Ball of Artist and The Kitchen in New York.
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“A sleight of hand prodigy.” – LA Times
“When you watch Derek DelGauldio perform you really know you’ve gotten in on the ground floor of something special.” - Aimee Mann
“A true virtuoso.” – Los Angeles Magazine
“There is nothing worse than being deceived by a genius…. I hate Derek DelGaudio.” -Patton Oswalt
“Like watching the work of the Devil.” – Village Voice