GATHERING THE MAGIC is a solo performance event in which magician Nelson Lugo combines slice-of-life storytelling in the style of "The Moth" with sophisticated stage magic to produce an extraordinary theatrical experience. Nelson Lugo lures his audience into an intricate web of nerdy and pop cultural influences that range from "Doctor Who" and comic books to Benny Hill and Jim Henson. GATHERING THE MAGIC is a 90 minute exploration of one magician's journey: A timeless tale of "boy meets magic kit//boy becomes magician," packed with pitfalls, triumph and adventure. Descended from a genuine Santeria, Nelson Lugo has evolved his singular magical style for more than 15 years, showcasing classic prestidigitation with a wink and a nod to the nerd culture that shaped him. GATHERING THE MAGIC is in its essence a love story which asks if there can be truth in deception, for it's not always so important HOW a trick is done, but WHY.
Written / Performed by Nelson Lugo
Directed by Paige Blansfield
With Additional Material by Richard Lovejoy