Derek DelGaudio

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Derek DelGaudio
Derek DelGaudio (cropped).jpg
DelGaudio in 2020
Born1984/1985 (age 37–38)[1]
OccupationPerformance artist, writer, actor, magician
Years active2010–present

Derek DelGaudio is an American interdisciplinary artist, primarily known as a writer, performer and magician.

He created the theater show In & Of Itself, directed by Frank Oz, and co-founded, along with artist Glenn Kaino, the performance-art collective A.BANDIT, which has staged interventions at Art L.A. Contemporary in Santa Monica, The Ball of Artists, Art Basel Miami, LA><ART, and The Kitchen in New York.[2] DelGaudio and Kaino also created The Mistake Room, [3] a platform for situation-specific projects, as well as The [Space] Between, a "conceptual magic shop".[4] They have also co-authored a book under the A.BANDIT name, A Secret Has Two Faces, containing interviews and stories from their careers in performance art and magic, as well as contributions from Marina Abramović, Ricky Jay, David Blaine and John Baldessari.[5]

In 2014, DelGaudio was selected Artist in Residence for Walt Disney Imagineering. He has also consulted for television and cinema projects including The Carbonaro Effect and The Prestige. He wrote and co-starred (with Hélder Guimarães) in the show Nothing to Hide, which was directed by Neal Patrick Harris and opened off-Broadway at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City on October 23, 2013.[6]

Frank Oz directed a film version of In & Of Itself which was released on Hulu on January 22, 2021. DelGaudio's nonfiction book AMORALMAN: A True Story and Other Lies was released in March 2021.[7][8]

In August 2021, Neal Brennan's one-man show, Unacceptable, debuted at New York City's Cherry Lane Theater, with DelGaudio as director.[9]

In 2022, DelGaudio made his feature film acting debut in Steven Soderbergh's thriller Kimi.


In the 2017 New York Times Magazine profile of DelGaudio, journalist Jonah Weiner wrote:

DelGaudio devises performances that combine sleight-of-hand with more theoretical preoccupations drawn from performance art, conceptual art and what's known as relational aesthetics: a tributary of the first two in which spectators become indispensable, unpredictable participants in creating an artwork's meaning.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Weiner, Jonah (March 15, 2017). "The Magician Who Wants to Break Magic (Published 2017)" – via
  2. ^ "A.Bandit at the Kitchen, October 5–6". Culturebot. October 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "The Mistake Room at LA><ART Annex". LA><ART. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  4. ^ "The Space Between | Magic-Con". Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Kaino, Glenn, and Derek DelGaudio. 2018. A.bandit: a secret has two faces. ISBN 9783791355641
  6. ^ Isherwood, Charles (November 7, 2013). "Playing With a Full Deck, and Your Head (Published 2013)" – via
  7. ^ Gordon, Devin. "You've Never Seen a Magic Act Quite Like In & Of Itself". Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  8. ^ "Now You See It: A Magician's Memoir Promises Truth and Other Lies". The New York Times. March 2, 2021. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  9. ^ Uitti, Jake. "Neal Brennan and Derek DelGaudio on Grey Areas and Talent Traps". Interview. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  10. ^ a b c "Hall of Fame | The Academy of Magical Arts".
  11. ^ "And the award goes to..." Magicana. May 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "FISM Winners – 2012 to 2018".
  13. ^ "Masters of Magic World Convention: a Venaria e Torino 4 giorni di pura magia". April 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "Staff | Conjuring Arts".

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