The Vanishing Man - a trick never explained - at Chelmsford Civic Theatre

PUBLISHED: 11:05 05 January 2017

The Vanishing Man

The Vanishing Man


The Vanishing Man is not a magic show but it is a show about magic.

It is about a man who disappeared before his audience’s very eyes. Not on a stage, but on London Bridge on June 13, 1932.

The magician, Hugo Cedar, known as The Vanishing Man, had apparently perfected the perfect trick. He stood on the bridge for three hours and then, in front of dozens of onlookers, appeared to vanish as people looked on. He was never seen again and the mystery remains unsolved.

Magician, David Aula and director Simon Evans have teamed up to create a ground-breaking piece of theatre, the show has been described as a “time-hopping, misdirection-abusing, mind-bending examination of what really happens when a man, in full sight of his audience, simply ceases to be”.

No magician has ever been able to work out this trick, yet Aula and Evans explore it here, with their “experiment in magic” that decodes why we like to be lied to.

Simon Evans said: ”I’ve been able to work out, deconstruct and rebuild every trick I’ve ever seen. Except this one.”

Chelmsford Civic Theatre, Thursday, January 19. Show at 8pm. Tickets, £13 (concessions £11) £7 for leisureplus card holders, students and unemployed from 01245 606505.

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