The show is performed for twenty people at a time. Audience members will move through several rooms where a new mystery unfolds to reveal an impossible "thing". During the course of 75 minutes Jay will attempt to read thoughts, manipulate decisions and even alter taste buds. Jay says that he has been working on the show for three years, although the concept has evolved in that time.
"I've lived in New York for ten years now, and I've thought about a one-man show here every single day of that time," Jay said in response to a question from Herb's Magic about his inspiration for the show. "But I always found a reason not to do it. That ten-year mark hit me hard. So, I wisely decided to launch a show in summer, the weakest season for theater, at the only moment in the last thirty years when there are SEVEN magic shows running in New York.
"In many ways the show is reactionary. My career has been spent doing magic that I'm proud of, but always magic that is easily accessible. I began to develop this vision for a new concept for a magic show, based more on experiencing magic than watching it. I saw potential in putting magic in different environments, and making each audience member take risks with me, outside their comfort zone. I heard Bruce Springsteen in an interview say an amazing thing. He said, "As a creative person, you build your box, and then you escape from it." I have found that to be very true. I built a box as a smiling, happy magician that entertains audiences 8-80. Now it's my turn to escape from that mold."
Jay has held a visible role in magic starting as a teenager. Aside from performing frequently for a wide range of audiences, he has created numerous original magic effects many of which are marketed through Vanishing Inc., the company he runs with Andy Gladwin. Jay and Gladwin also produce two magic conferences annually, MagiFest in Columbus, Ohio and The Gathering in London. Jay has appeared on the Today show and Good Morning America, and also performed on Penn and Teller: Fool Us, where he fooled the duo with an original effect. He is the author of popular books about magic, including Magic: The Complete Course, a widely distributed text that has introduced readers of all ages to the art of conjuring.
Six Impossible Things
At The Mist, 59 Canal Street, June 1 through July 28, 2018