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BY DAVID BEN | This #HocusPost Blog Series is like an exhibition catalogue, providing commentary on the creative process and context for the work to be presented this December. Hopefully, they will also capture how my understanding of magic—sleight-of-hand in particular—has evolved over the past forty years.

In his last #HocusPost, David Ben reflects on the old adage that a rose is just a rose.... and, that magic is, well, just magic!

Submitted Mon, 12/12/2016

David Ben sharing credit for both the team creating Hocus Pocus on stage and for those who created the magic in the first place.

Submitted Thu, 12/08/2016

Does size matter? You bet it does. Discover how exactly David Ben intends to share Hocus Pocus up-close and personal—with you.

Submitted Wed, 12/07/2016

David Ben makes the claim that Hocus Pocus is all about focus, but he wonders where will you place yours? The screen? The magician? Find out why it’s up to you but, by his design.

Submitted Tue, 12/06/2016

Discover how poetry, both in words and action, inspired David Ben to revisit an old friend, The Butterfly and Fan, for Hocus Pocus.

Submitted Mon, 12/05/2016

David Ben shares insight on how being accused of appropriating culture spawned new ideas for an old trick for the forthcoming December show at Soulpepper, Hocus Pocus.

Submitted Mon, 11/28/2016

David Ben shares the lineage and evolution of a pure sleight-of-hand piece (originated by master “Palmist and Prestidigitateur,” T. Nelson Downs) which he will feature in the forthcoming show, Hocus Pocus, at Soulpepper Theatre on stage Dec 10.

Submitted Mon, 11/21/2016

It's all about perspective. David Ben explains how dismantling the past allows him to “recreate history” in order to discover new possibilities for Hocus Pocus.

Submitted Mon, 11/14/2016

Magicians have always had a symbiotic relationship with cinema. Discover out how the Silver Screen drives creative thinking for Hocus Pocus.

Submitted Mon, 11/07/2016

What’s in a name? When it comes to Hocus Pocus, a lot. Discover how David Ben chose the name for his forthcoming show.

Submitted Mon, 10/31/2016

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