EXIT Theatre’s FOG CITY MAGIC FEST
Last February, EXIT Theatre, the original epicenter of indie theatre in San Francisco, presented a brand new experiment, The Fog City Magic Fest, a week of shows from some of the Bay Area’s best and most acclaimed magicians, proudly produced by national magicians, and Bay Area treasures, Jay Alexander and Christian Cagigal. The experiment was a huge success with attendance topping that of any other first year festival EXIT has produced.
In 2017, EXIT Theatre will present The 2nd Annual FOG CITY MAGIC FEST. From January 22nd to the 28th The 2nd Annual FOG CITY MAGIC FEST will present 9 shows and events, including performances by international entertainer – Robert Strong; featured performer at New York’s “Monday Night Magic” – Dennis Kyriakos; the return of MAGIC SLAM; and more! Below is taste of what’s coming…
Jay Alexander – Co Founder and Curator
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.
Christian Cagigal – Co Founder and Curator
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 17 year S.F. tradition, loved by visitors and locals, alike.
HEADLINER – ROBERT STRONG
Robert has been crisscrossing the world since 1985 entertaining audiences large and small, young and old, formal and casual, and everything in between! Voted “San Francisco’s Funniest Prop Comedian,” and “The Bay Area’s Best Performer,” Robert has appeared on every major TV network, taken his act to all 50 states, more than 40 different countries, and twice at the White House.
HEADLINER – DENNIS KYRIAKOS
He has been a long-time featured performer at and host of Monday Night Magic – New York City’s Longest Running Magic Show – and Magical Nights at Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency – The Nightclub of New York. In January 2009, Dennis was enlisted by The Talking Band to open their 35th season of original and compelling theater, with his show Radnevsky’s Real Magic, which ran for three weeks in October 2009 to rave reviews. Dennis has thrice lectured at New York University’s Psychology Department on the topic of Visual Perception in Magic, and at St. Mary’s College, in Moraga, on the topic of Lying and Deception. He has also been profiled on the popular blog The Art of Manliness.
HEADLINER – PHIL ACKERLY – Matinee Family Show
Phil combines his experience from the theater with sleight-of-hand magic, along with good clean humor and a few stories that tug at your heartstrings. Phil is the Bay Area’s most popular entertainer, voted Bay Area’s Best 5 times by Parents Magazine and elected into their Hall of Fame. Phil’s act has taken him across the country to off-Broadway at Monday Night Magic, Atlantic City, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and to the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
RETURN OF MAGIC SLAM!
MAGIC SLAM – REMATCH!
2016 was the first MAGIC SLAM! Street magicians, Ryan Kane and Lynx the Animator teamed up against kids magicians, Danté and Mike Della Penna. They were given two secret ingredients and 20 minutes to come up with most fun and amazing magic tricks they could, and the audience chose the winner! Well, they TIED! So, in 2017 they return to Fog City Magic Fest for MAGIC SLAM REMATCH! This time local celeb’s will be our guest judges, along with the audience, as they pick the first champions of MAGIC SLAM!
MAGIC SLAM TEAMS
TEAM RYAN KANE and LYNX THE ANIMATOR
Lynx is a variety performer that has been sharing his unique blend of Comedy, Magic, Hypnosis and old working Sideshow stunts for over the last 25 years. He performed for festivals, corporate events and has been featured in many publications such as Talent Monthly Magazine, SF Chronicle and many more. Lynx is now a resident to the Bay Area and can be seen in Street Magic Live at EXIT Theatre, regularly at Pier 39, and many cabaret shows around town and across the country.
Ryan Kane is a full time magician and comedian living in San Francisco. His extensive resume includes performing for such companies like Microsoft, Costco, and Intel. Ryan Kane’s magic has brought him from Las Vegas to New York. He is a featured performer at casinos in Reno and at the top destination in San Francisco, Pier 39.
TEAM MIKE DELLA PENNA and DANTÉ
Mike Della Penna is a former Boston stand-up comic, 20-year comedy improv vet and second-grade school teacher who returned to magic – his childhood hobby -when he moved to the Bay Area in 2004. Since then he has performed to laughter and acclaim across northern California. Check out his popular Magic Camp sessions at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.
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.
Announcements of more shows and events, will be released later this Fall!