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Derek DelGaudio Wins 2017 AMA Award; IN & OF ITSELF Starts Tomorrow Off-Broadway

Sunday night, the esteemed Academy of Magical Arts honored Derek DelGaudio (Nothing to Hide) at the 49th Annual AMA Awards Show with the highest honor presented - Magician of the Year Award - at Los Angeles's Orpheum Theatre.

DelGaudio accepted the award while on a 24-hour whirlwind break from mounting the New York premiere of his acclaimed show, IN & OF ITSELF, directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Frank Oz (What About Bob?, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Shop of Horrors) and produced by Werner Entertainment, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Prediction Productions and five-time Emmy & Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris.

IN & OF ITSELF begins performances this Wednesday, April 5 at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square, with an opening night set for Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

As a 'Magician of the Year' recipient, DelGaudio - who is one of the youngest people to be honored with the award - joins the ranks of David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, David Blaine, Ricky Jay and more. A magic prodigy at a young age, DelGaudio broke box office records at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse in 2016 for the five-time extended run of IN & OF ITSELF; and has been lauded by critics, including Los Angeles magazine, which referred to him as a "groundbreaking phenomenon." DelGaudio is a writer, performance artist, and now a three-time Academy of Magical Arts Award-winning magician. He wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed show Nothing to Hide, which played sold-out engagements in LA and NYC. He was selected to be the Artist in Residence for Walt Disney Imagineering and co-founded, along with Glenn Kaino, the performance-art collective, A.BANDIT.

A mysterious story is deciphered and the illusion of one's own identity is revealed in the new show, IN & OF ITSELF. A modern allegory, IN & OF ITSELF explores new ways of seeing the unseeable, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today and secrets imagined for tomorrow are blended together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show.

Kaino (2004 Whitney Biennial, U.S. Representative to the 13th Cairo Biennale) serves as Artistic Producer of the production, which also features Original Music by Devo front man Mark Mothersbaugh, Production Design by A.BANDIT, Lighting Design by Adam Blumenthal (Nothing to Hide) and Sound Design by Kevin Heard (All The Way).

IN & OF ITSELF played a limited engagement at Geffen Playhouse in the spring and summer of 2016, where it extended an unprecedented five times, and became their highest grossing show to date. BroadwayWorld proclaimed, "It is an experience that will change you, or at the very least, change how you see yourself in relationship to the world."

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