I am working as a magic consultant on Cirque du Soleil’s new ‘Vaudeville‘ show. I can’t say too much about it yet - don’t want to spill the beans! - but it is being directed by my friend David Shiner, and will open in a theater in Chicago in the fall, before moving into the Beacon Theater in New York. David directed the very successful show ‘Kooza‘, which is currently touring the US. I have been to Montreal for rehearsals a couple of times, and the new show is starting to look good. It has been a lot of fun to be so closely involved in the production process, working with Cirque’s prop builders, costume designers, etc.
Archive for May, 2009
Last night, Susanna and I, together with Nils Norén - Vice President of Culinary Arts at the French Culinary Institute - put on a benefit to raise money for our friends at the Philoctetes Center. It was a fantastic event! We started off with a tour behind the scenes at the institute, allowing guests to see what goes on in the kitchens and the classrooms. Then Nils and Dave Arnold - the Director of Culinary Technology - demonstrated some high-tech cooking techniques, with hilarious commentary from olfactory neuroscientist Stuart Firestein. Guests were then served a delicious dinner cooked and served by students, and then we sat down for a panel discussion about taste and art with chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli of Butter, artist Philip Pearlstein, and nightlife impresario Serge Becker. Not only was it a fun and tasty evening, it was also a very successful fundraiser, and we were delighted to have raised a significant sum for the Philoctetes Center.