Magic in the Air at Santa Monica Playhouse

Magician Albie Selznick and his bunny assistant in “Smoke and Mirrors.”

When Albie Selznick was a little boy, age 9, he lost his beloved father, and the best way to deal with his fear and grief was to “cling to his magic.” By taking control and confronting his own demons, Selznick was miraculously able to transform himself to a top class magician/performer, reaching master illusionist level at The Magic Castle (where he will once again be performing with the Mums, a popular circus/theatre trio, on the week of April Fools’ 2012). Now, in his breathtaking, spectacular show, Smoke and Mirrors, at the Santa Monica Playhouse, he helps the audience to face their fears and escape into the fantastical world of magic, illusions, storytelling, and fun for all ages.

Albie states his philosophy, while performing one of his mind-boggling acts: “The world is a treacherous place…. Let magic help you… wherever you go… there you are… It’s only smoke and mirrors!”

He is a first class, state of the art performer, making magic come alive as the show progresses, with mind bending techniques and body movements sure to wow the audience. I was lucky enough to attend this show, on my birthday, and I can’t think of a better way to start a new year than by experiencing the world of magic — a premier performing art, allowing me entrance into a land of possibility and exploration.

A multi-media presentation, homage to Harry Houdini, the amazing magician, stunt performer, and escapologist, lets the audience know what a profound influence this man had on Albie Selznick. Albie, the writer/performer/captain of this one man show (with his bunny assistant), does it all: a “magician of all trades” with juggling, illusions, disappearing acts, and surprise tricks up his sleeve.

This show is the ideal choice for birthday parties, holiday get togethers, or just a fun “escape” out on the town.

Smoke and Mirrors runs on Saturdays at 7 and 10 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. The Santa Monica Playhouse is located at 1211 4th St. in Santa Monica. For ticket information, visit www.smokeandmirrors.me or call (800) 595-4849.

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