Demon Magick Seminar returns from a successful premiere in the 2017 Solowfest, just in time for Halloween. Storyteller and acrobat Nick Gillette weaves a braid of gripping tales from the edge of reason. Drawing on personal experience with ghost hunting, UFO cults, and conspiracy theorists, Gillette identifies the enduring beliefs that reason can't seem to dispel. Reaching deep into the history of Magic, he uncovers clues as to why our culture craves stories of the uncanny, and why there will always be someone eager to tell them.
The show combines theater and dance to expound upon a cluster of themes, including the power of storytelling over reality, the desire for experience beyond the material world, and the tragic state of fraudulence and delusion in those who claim authority over truth.
This one man show culminates in an experiment with no control: what happens when you follow the exact instructions to summon a demon as written in the 17th century grimoire Clavicula Solomonis Regis?
ABOUT NICK GILLETTE
Nick Gillette is a physical theatre artist, a co-founder of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, and an instructor at the Philly Improv Theater. He is a graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a 2014 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks resident artist, a 2016 Colgate University Christian A. Johnson resident artist, and currently a resident artist at the Philadelphia School for Circus Arts. With Almanac he has collaborated to devise and perform Communitas (2014), Nightfall (2014), The Fleecing (2015), Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes (2015), and Exile2588, to premiere in the 2016 Fringe Arts Festival. He has performed with Cabaret Red Light, BRAT Productions, Groundswell Players (now Lighting Rod Special), Pig Iron Theatre Co., Alex Bechtel, and the Philly Improv Theater.