Nothing to Hide: in brief
Director Neil Patrick Harris gives two young magicians a sleight-of-hand job in this evening with Helder Guimarães and Derek DelGaudio, a critical and commercial smash in Los Angeles last year.
Nothing to Hide: theater review by Adam Feldman
The fancy word for the wondrous things that Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães do with playing cards is legerdemain, which literally translates as “light of hand.” That’s a fair description, too, of these young parlor magicians’ smooth and unassuming approach to showmanship. Directed by Neil Patrick Harris, an avid aficionado of illusionism, Nothing to Hide leaves you happily baffled and agape at the remarkable gifts of its award-winning creator-performers. (DelGaudio is credited with the clever writing, Guimarães with the “magic choreography.”) A dazzling opening sequence—in which they divvy a deck of cards into order, building trick upon trick in a masterful display of cooperative one-upmanship—establishes their prestidigitational bona fides. For the next hour or so, it is a pleasure to relax into the skillful hands that set this duo apart from the pack.—Theater review by Adam Feldman
THE BOTTOM LINE A delightful evening is in the cards.
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Jane, you are mistaken. I did indeed mean "legerdemain" (which is how it's spelled), a word that is indeed derived from the French term "léger de main." Look it up! http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/legerdemai
8 minutes late due to extreme traffic and they wouldn't even let us through the door. $150, a 3.5 hr drive, and a bunch of snotty people, both at the theater and the production company! Bunch of rubbish! But I've heard since that the show is predictable.
'The fancy word for the wondrous things that Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães do with playing cards is legerdemain, which literally translates as “light of hand.” ' I believe the writer meant "slight of hand" (legerdamain), not "light of hand" (léger de main)