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 ... ") and many more cities. Be there as it hits New York and remember: The Devil is in the details ... under these conditions, where else could he be?

Magician and storyteller Christian Cagigal, weaves sleight of hand, dark fables and strange happenings into an evening of magic and mystery. OBSCURA is performed under the eye of a camera and projected large, above Cagigal, so you can't miss a thing.

“By turns funny, sinister, or made of small heartbreaks.” Broadway Baby

“The magic is physically impressive, and it’s executed flawlessly...” Fringe Guru

“He's the Pied Piper and we're the mice.”  Chicago Stage Review

“He has us in the palm of his hand.” The Black and Gold Review, New Orleans

“Undeniably irresistible...a one of kind experience.” San Francisco Examiner

“Devil’s in the Details-Literally” San Francisco Weekly

“Mischievous ... consummate skill...” San Francisco Bay Guardian


CHRISTIAN CAGIGAL (Creator/Performer) 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, Canada since 2012. He was a finalist for the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Solo Performer, recipient of a Mastermind Award by the SF Weekly and three-time winner of the "Best Magician of the Bay Award" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His previous shows include, The Pandora Experiment, the secretive happenings of The Collection, and the critically acclaimed Now and at the Hour which has been seen in New York (premiered at Horse Trade’s FRIGID Festival in  2009), 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, received its first screenings in December of 2014. Christian has consulted for A.C.T.'s MFA program, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, The Traveling Jewish Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, Shotgun Players, EXIT Theatre and The San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour.   Christian can also be seen in the independent, power-pop, musical film, Fruit Fly written and directed by H.P. Mendoza.


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