This will be a short article. Writing too much about The Inner Circle of the Wind Asi (presented by David Blaine; Gym at Judson, through December 31)) means spoil it, or reveal too much. After all, this is a show of magic tricks, performed, as the title suggests, to an audience of less than 100 people in an intimate space specially designed by Adam Blumenthal in a theater. much larger.
Wind sat in the middle of a round table, the audience sat in other chairs. Then there were four tiers of seats with the rest of the audience standing in front of him, watching from above. At the start, we were asked to put our name and initials when playing cards (blank on one side), and that’s all this reviewer will say. From our name, Wind performs a bunch of tricks like never before.
The identity and power of the names give the show its meaning. The audience is immediately engaged as a person’s name can be mentioned by him or chosen by another audience. As Wind said on the show, “You could be next! … People respond to their names. Names have power; Think about what your name means to you. ” (His birth last name was different from what it is now, he said, and yes he’s heard the name you see here being said in many strange ways.)
Wind says he was inspired to create this intimate space after an intimate and impromptu encounter. Magic performed by teacher Juan Tamariz. He wanted to give the audience the feeling he had that night and named the show for such mentors who are “the reason I can do what I do. All I know as a magician is thanks to them, my magical family. Their generosity has made me a magician like myself.”
The salt-and-pepper wind is handsome, charismatic, mischievous and very funny – but not cruel. The audience is tasked with doing everything (including shuffling and slicing the decks), and that allows for some physical comedy as Wind has to fumble with the tricks before our eyes. Take a look around this small space, and you’ll see people looking forward to it. Very quickly, we were mesmerized and amazed.
Wind is also a storyteller, and so — without adding accompaniment to this fast-paced performance — we hear about him coming from Israel to live in New York and how, with not many things, how did he do it the first time Magic In Washington Square Park, just one hop and skip from where we were sitting. He opens up to the audience about his craft in an engaging and non-conformist way, telling us that magic tricks are really meant to cause “trouble,” by which he means tricks. The episodes we’re looking at may be much shorter, but what’s interesting about them — as with any short story or screenplay — is in the way they are constructed and told; sketching the beginning, middle, and end requires all of our attention.
It’s doing a trick as complicated as possible — drawing, asking us to do things, building one thing on top of another — which increases our astonishment and amazement. The climax of this show will remind you of the climax of any story or fireworks display — and Wind, fortunately for us, has an innate desire to be on top of whatever he does. he just did.
“We can only do it for audiences who want to see magic. They are necessary ingredients to complete the circle of what we create.“
– Wind Asi
There’s a moment on the show before we hit that big end when Wind speaks eloquently about his mage heroes, which include Tamariz, Chan Canasta and Harry Houdini, said Wind, who may have fooled the audience into thinking he was still on stage when actually he was backstage drinking coffee leisurely for a few minutes. It was from Houdini that Wind learned the importance of creating drama. This show has that—and, as its title suggests, you really feel like part of the “inner ring” because Wind isn’t just involved with us in making the show—he even involved us in his business and his magic practice.
Magicians don’t do magic, says Wind, they “can only create the illusion of magic – but we can only do that for audiences who want to see magic. They are the necessary ingredients to complete the circle of what we create.” Wind’s job, he says, is to lead the audience to “see it as close as possible, and then you take the final step to finish my job as a magician”.
That was his very generous thing. This reporter, like everyone else in our audience, had no idea how Wind did what he did right in front of us. But along with the wonderful us, he conveyed in simple but profound ways the history, practice, joy, and meaning of magic to him. Wind makes audiences feel like an integral part of his passion, rather than just participating in the thrill rides he expertly drives. That sense of inclusion, of shared passion, also feels pretty magical.