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'In & Of Itself' brings Derek DelGaudio's unique magic act into your living room

January 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Magic and monologues turn out to be a potent streaming combination. The latest example, "In & Of Itself," transforms Derek DelGaudio's long-running stage show into an absorbing Hulu special.

The latest example, "In & Of Itself," transforms Derek DelGaudio's long-running stage show into an absorbing Hulu special, one that actually builds on the in-person experience by mashing together numerous shows as opposed to filming just one.

The special was taped in New York, where DelGaudio's presentation ran off-Broadway for more than 500 performances.

But the show actually made its debut at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, which was notably the scene of another magic act, Helder GuimarĂ£es' "The Present" and now "The Future," offering a remarkable interactive virtual experience to the stay-at-home theater crowd.

Yet in bringing "In & Of Itself" to the screen, director Frank Oz (yes, the former Muppet master and filmmaker, who directed the theatrical version as well) has heightened the impact of DelGaudio's material by rapidly inter-cutting exchanges with audience members across a number of shows.

Oz applies the same approach to an emotional sequence in which DelGaudio brings a guest on stage, giving them something to read that surprises and moves them.

Granted, watching something like "In & Of Itself" in your living room isn't quite the same experience as seeing the show in an intimate theatrical setting.

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