Exit Theater Presents
The 3rd Annual Fog City Magic Fest returns to EXIT Theatre January 24th to the 27th 2018! Curated by local legend Jay Alexander of the Marrakech Magic Theater, and 2017‘s Best Magician of the Bay Winner Christian Cagigal; this year’s festival will include the return of Jade; from the underground hit The Magic Patio, Andrew Evans; and our smash hit competition show MAGIC SLAM! This coming year, Fog City Magic Fest is honored to present, all the way from Chicago, and fresh off his winning performance on PENN AND TELLER’S FOOL US, David Parr! AND MORE!
We will also have a special tribute show to magic legend Daryl. We were honored to have Daryl as our guest performer in 2017, and the magic community suffered a great loss when he left us this past February. Fog City Magic Fest was one of the last public performances he gave. In 2018, we will have a special show dedicated to him and all money made from the show will go the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Opening Night Gala hosted by
Master Magician and comic Jay Alexander & Friends
Wednesday 8:00PM January 24, 2018
The 3rd Annual Fog City Magic Fest Opening Night Gala hosted by Jay Alexander
Local legend and star of The Marrakech Magic Theater hosts a night of magic and variety including Christian Cagigal, Calvin Kai Ku, Jade, and David Parr!
Host – Jay Alexander is one of the top corporate and society entertainers in the entire country. He's created customized shows for Americas most powerful Fortune 500 companies. For over 25 years, Jay has pursued his passion of creating unique live entertainment by mystifying audiences young and old with miraculous effects of the mind and the hands.
Thursday 9:00PM January 25, 2018
David Parr is the creator of Chicago’s longest-running magic show, The Magic Cabaret, now celebrating its tenth anniversary! The Magic Cabaret was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the top nine magic shows in the nation! (Because top ten lists are so passé.) You might recognize David Parr from his appearance on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us on The CW network. In an episode titled “Does This Trick Ring a Bell?” (Season 4, Episode 5), David’s magic skills were put to the ultimate test in front of the cameras, a live audience of hundreds, millions of TV viewers, and two very savvy magicians. (Spoiler alert!) He totally fooled Penn & Teller and took home the coveted Fool Us trophy — and won a guest spot in their live show in Las Vegas! In the hidden world of magicians, David is best known for his theatrical performing style and his writing and teaching skills. He is the author of several very well-regarded books for magicians and has provided guidance and instruction to wonder-workers all over the world, including at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood. “Parr explores the outskirts of the human imagination: folklore and fairy tales, poltergeists and psychic powers. A celebration of the weird and wonderful in everyday life.” — Capital Times
Thursday 7:00PM January 25, 2018
Jade took the male-dominated world of magic by storm in 1990, when she won first place in the International Brotherhood of Magicians' World Magic Competition, and was honored with the organization's coveted Gold Medal of Magic, a prize awarded only a handful of times in the competition's 35-year history. She has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada. Some of her accomplishments include a command performance for the Royal Family of Monaco at the Princess Grace Theater in Monaco; recipient of the Golden Mandrake Award, France's most prestigious magic honor; as well as being recognized by the International Magicians Society as "Best Female Magician of the Year" in a ceremony in Las Vegas.
Friday 8:00PM January 26, 2018
Andrew Evans is a professional illusionist and magic designer who brings a modern, innovative twist to magic. He founded The Magic Patio—a magic speakeasy tucked in a corner of San Francisco—and his background in engineering and design helps him create unique illusions that have impressed audiences on 6 continents (come on Antarctica!). When he's not on stage, Andrew is a Design Lead at IDEO and a Guest Lecturer at the Stanford d.School. He regularly performs and speaks around the Bay Area to help companies explore the intersection of magic, design, and creativity.
CLOSING NIGHT SHOW! 3RD ANNUAL MAGIC SLAM!
Saturday 8:00PM January 27, 2018
Ryan Kane and Michael Feldman (Magic Castle) take on David Gerard (PianoFight) and Brad Barton (The Lost Church) in the Ultimate SLAM in magic! 4 magicians split into 2 teams, are given 1 secret ingredient (Okay, it’s usually more than 1) and have 30 minutes to come up with a brand new magic trick to present before our judges and YOU! Who will win! Who will lose! YOU help decide! Hosted by the Best Magician of the Bay Award Winner (SFBG/48 Hills) Christian Cagigal!
The Family Magic of Dante
Saturday 1:00PM January 27, 2018
Dante was born to be a magician. As a child, his father built props for professional touring magicians out of the workshop in their New York home. At ten, Dante began studying his art at the world famous "Tannen's Magic Camp". By twelve, he could be seen handing out his business card and performing at local community events. His passion to perform led him to study theater at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. After moving to California, Dante's work expanded into television, commercials and print. He was cast to play himself on the Emmy nominated television show "Hip Hop Harry" that aired on the Discovery Kids network. In 2013, Dante was awarded San Francisco's Performer of the Year by RAW, an international independent art organization. Now living in the Bay Area, Dante continues to enjoy bringing magic to events nationwide.
Tribute to Daryl - Fundraiser for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with Peter Samelson
Saturday 4:00PM January 27, 2018
Tribute to Daryl
A celebration of the life of one of magic’s most beloved and influential magicians. We were honored to have Daryl as our guest performer in 2017, and the magic community suffered a great loss when he left us last February. Fog City Magic Fest was one of the last public performances he gave. All money made from the show will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Hosted by Dennis Kyriakos, with Otis, Susan Zeller, and from New York City, legendary magician – Peter Samelson
Co-Founder Christian Cagigal
Christian Cagigal has been performing his trademark blend of theatre, storytelling and magic as an Artist in Residence at EXIT Theatre since 2006 and as an Artist in Residence with Beyond the Mountain in Montréal, Canada since 2012. In 2015, Christian was named a Finalist for the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Solo Performer for the second year in a row, he’s a recipient of a Mastermind Award by the SF Weekly, and he’s three time winner of the Best Magician of the Bay Award by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His works include, The Pandora Experiment, OBSCURA (TBA Award Finalist 2015) the secretive happenings of The Collection, and the critically acclaimed Now and at the Hour (TBA Award Finalist 2014). Christian has performed in theatre’s and festivals from New York to Montréal, Chicago to New Orleans, and Minneapolis to Edinburgh.Christian has consulted for A.C.T.'s MFA program, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, EXIT Theatre and he’s the new owner of the The San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour, a 19 year S.F. tradition, loved by visitors and locals, alike.
Co-Founder Jay Alexander
A Master Magician and comic, Jay Alexander is one of the top corporate and society entertainers in the entire country. His most notable appearances include the Today Show, TEDx Talks, MTV, Good Morning America and many other morning shows. While Jay has performed for many society events and noted entertainer’s own private shows, he is best known for creating customized shows for America’s most powerful Fortune 500 companies. Jay Alexander is the great grandson of the legendary vaudeville performer, Gentleman Ben Darwin. As a child, Jay found a trunk in his grandparent’s attic that was filled with magical apparatus and escape illusions. His interest in magic was born with this discovery. At the age of fourteen, Jay was honored to be the youngest recipient of the Society of American Magicians Gold Medal of Honor. For over 25 years, Jay has pursued his passion of creating unique live entertainment by mystifying audiences young and old with miraculous effects of the mind and the hands.