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Sat November 21, 2015

The Pandora Experiment

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Last three shows! Closes Nov 21st! Join magician Christian Cagigal as he goes on an adventure with a music box, a doll...and you...

The Pandora Experiment is an intimate evening of close-up magic, mind-reading, and theater guided by award-winning magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal.

"Cagigal seems to be forever playing with and between the notions that all magic is imaginary, that it truly lives within our intuitive capabilities or that he’s making our imaginations the fertile fields of his illusions."
- Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“No mere illusionist...Cagigal is one of those rare alchemists of the imagination, so it’s the evocative musings on intuition, childhood toys, and wishes that joggle viewers’ senses and magically transport them into the realm of the extraordinary. The narrative complexity of Cagigal’s show is another proviso for all the magic. Each “trick” is connected to the others...Each mystery is bundled in the next like a series of Russian nesting dolls.”
- Nirmala Nataraj, SFStation

“For Christian Cagigal's [The Pandora Experiment], the audience is not so much a subject of clinical study, but an object of affection...Cagigal uses antique objects that are well-worn, simple and accessible; two music boxes with haunting chimes, small chests with the treasures of a child inside. A doll of porcelain and papier-mâché gazes soulfully throughout and feels as real as any of us. His performance takes the audience beyond just the willing suspension of disbelief and into another place in time where magic is not the work of an illusionist or performer but exists in creaky wooden boxes found in a grandparent's attic. The set and lighting underscore Cagigal's creation to create an ethereal beauty. His staging and sensitivity as he plays with his audience conveys a level of safety and trust so as to not feel duped, but included in the magic. What does The Pandora Experiment reveal? Above all else: imagination.”
- Nara Dahlbacka, SF Weekly


About 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. Recently listed as a Finalist for the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Solo Performer for the second year in a row, recipient of a Mastermind Award by the SF Weekly and three time winner of the Best Magician of the Bay Award by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

His previous shows include, the popular Pandora Experiment, the long-running OBSCURA, the secretive happenings of The Collection, and the critically acclaimed Now and at the Hour which has been seen in New York, Montréal, Chicago, New Orleans, Minneapolis and San Francisco. The performance film of Now and at the Hour, directed by award winning filmmaker H.P. Mendoza, received its first screenings in December of 2014.

Christian has consulted for A.C.T.'s MFA program, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, EXIT Theatre and The San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour.
Last three shows! Closes Nov 21st! Join magician Christian Cagigal as he goes on an adventure with a music box, a doll...and you...

The Pandora Experiment is an intimate evening of close-up magic, mind-reading, and theater guided by award-winning magician and illusionist Christian Cagigal.

"Cagigal seems to be forever playing with and between the notions that all magic is imaginary, that it truly lives within our intuitive capabilities or that he’s making our imaginations the fertile fields of his illusions."
- Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“No mere illusionist...Cagigal is one of those rare alchemists of the imagination, so it’s the evocative musings on intuition, childhood toys, and wishes that joggle viewers’ senses and magically transport them into the realm of the extraordinary. The narrative complexity of Cagigal’s show is another proviso for all the magic. Each “trick” is connected to the others...Each mystery is bundled in the next like a series of Russian nesting dolls.”
- Nirmala Nataraj, SFStation

“For Christian Cagigal's [The Pandora Experiment], the audience is not so much a subject of clinical study, but an object of affection...Cagigal uses antique objects that are well-worn, simple and accessible; two music boxes with haunting chimes, small chests with the treasures of a child inside. A doll of porcelain and papier-mâché gazes soulfully throughout and feels as real as any of us. His performance takes the audience beyond just the willing suspension of disbelief and into another place in time where magic is not the work of an illusionist or performer but exists in creaky wooden boxes found in a grandparent's attic. The set and lighting underscore Cagigal's creation to create an ethereal beauty. His staging and sensitivity as he plays with his audience conveys a level of safety and trust so as to not feel duped, but included in the magic. What does The Pandora Experiment reveal? Above all else: imagination.”
- Nara Dahlbacka, SF Weekly


About 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. Recently listed as a Finalist for the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Solo Performer for the second year in a row, recipient of a Mastermind Award by the SF Weekly and three time winner of the Best Magician of the Bay Award by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

His previous shows include, the popular Pandora Experiment, the long-running OBSCURA, the secretive happenings of The Collection, and the critically acclaimed Now and at the Hour which has been seen in New York, Montréal, Chicago, New Orleans, Minneapolis and San Francisco. The performance film of Now and at the Hour, directed by award winning filmmaker H.P. Mendoza, received its first screenings in December of 2014.

Christian has consulted for A.C.T.'s MFA program, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, EXIT Theatre and The San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour.
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