The beauty of Obscura is that it isn't obscured at all. Whereas other magicians go to elaborate lengths to misdirect the audience's attention, illusionist Christian Cagigal performs right under the unblinking eye of a video camera -- his wonder-working projected on a giant screen above him in real time. The heightened level of scrutiny brings a special intensity to this hybrid of dark fables and astonishing magic. Cagigal's ingenious and extremely polished show has amazed critics in Chicago ("He's the Pied Piper and we're the mice ... "), New Orleans ("He had us in the palm of his hand ... "), San Francisco ("Undeniably irresistible ... ") a...
A first generation American of Spanish and Central American descent, Christian Cagigal has been performing his trademark blend of theatre, storytelling, and magic as an Artist in Residence at EXIT Theatre, in San Francisco, since 2006, and as an Artist in Residence with Beyond the Mountain, in Montréal, since 2012. Finalist for the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Solo Performer, two years in a row; recipient of a Mastermind Award by the SF Weekly; and four time winner of the Best Magician of the Bay Award by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
His previous shows include, the popular Pandora Experiment, the secretive happenings of The Collection, and the critically acclaimed Now and at the Hour which has been seen in New York, Montréal, Chicago, New Orleans, Minneapolis and San Francisco. The performance film of Now and at the Hour, directed by award winning filmmaker H.P. Mendoza, is due out soon.Christian has consulted for A.C.T.'s MFA program, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, The Traveling Jewish Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, EXIT Theatre, Wilderness, and Tilted Frame.
He's the Co-Founder of the new Fog City Magic Fest, and the new owner of the San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour – a 20 year tradition in the City by the Bay.
Christian can also be seen in the independent, power-pop, musical film, Fruit Fly written and directed by H.P. Mendoza.