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The Secrets of Magicians premières in Wellington at the New Zealand Fringe Festival 2013.

All art is based in trickery. The painting is not the landscape, but rather the story of the landscape the painter wants you to see. Those aren’t really swans in Swan Lake.

But what about an art form that broadcasts its deception? Karl Germain, an early-20th-Century illusionist said:

The magician is the most honest of all professionals. He first promises to deceive you, and then he does.

Written and performed by Mike Kmiec, this autobiographical work explores the motives of those who use dishonesty and guile in order to astonish.

You can read more in the The Secrets of Magicians Media Release (PDF).

Special thanks to Reatha Kenny  of Vintage Reflections for her photographic skills on this project.