The Conjuror

March 27, 2015


​​​​​​​The Conjuror is a critically acclaimed theatrical experience about a great magician – the archetype of all twentieth century magicians – performing the greatest illusions of the period as he relates witty anecdotes and asides about the friends he has inspired along the way including Sigmund Freud, T.E. Lawerence, Guiglielmo Marconi, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Picasso.

David Ben

David Ben is a writer, producer, magician and creative consultant. He was the sole protégé of Ross Bertram, one of the premier virtuoso sleight-of-hand artists of the twentieth century. Ben has written, in coloration with broadcaster Patrick Watson, several stage productions including The Conjuror (1996), The Conjuror’s Suite (1999), Tricks (2004), Natural Magick (2011) and Card Table Artifice (2014). His books include Advantage Play (2002), Dai Vernon: A Biography (2006) and Slaight: Off Hand (2013). In 2013 Ben wrote, performed and co-produced (along with Reel Time Images) a short film, The Devil’s Playthings. Ben has also served as the magic consultant for a variety of stage productions at the Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre and the Stratford Festival. He is the co-founder of Magicana and currently serves as its artistic director.



Dec 30, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Dec 31, 2014 | 3 PM and 7:30 PM
Jan 1, 2015 | 3 PM and 7:30 PM
Jan 2, 2015 | 3 PM and 7:30 PM
Jan 3, 2015 | 12:30 PM, 3 PM and 7:30 PM

Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Baillie Theatre
55 Mill Street, Toroto
(The Distillery)

Written by David Ben & Patrick Watson
Directed by David Ben
Set by William Schmuck
Music by John Lang
Lighting by Bonnie Beecher
Costumes by Kelly Wolf & William Schmuck

Generously supported by The Slaight Family