What are you afraid of? That's just one of the provocative questions posed in Smoke and Mirrors, a heartfelt comedy-drama with magic created by and starring noted actor and magician Albie Selznick (a lifetime member of Hollywood's Magic Castle). Smoke and Mirrors is a semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age story about a boy who uses magic to face the world after the death of his father.
Smoke and Mirrors is packed with magic tricks, elaborate illusions, special effects, improv, audience participation, humor, and a handful of poignancy as Selznick takes the audience on his healing journey. Along the way, Selznick enlists the assistance of Trix (a life-sized rabbit), The Oracle (a giant talking orb), and Harry Houdini's wife, Bessie.
During the journey, Selznick pulls off several remarkable illusions and mystifying sleight-of-hand displays, with assistance from a cast that includes Bettina Zacar, Yanna Fabian, Cody Bushee, Beck Black and Rob Martinez.
Performances are Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., through December 16 at The Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
There is also a special Halloween performance on Wednesday, October 31 at 8 p.m. There are no shows Thanksgiving weekend, November 24 & 25.