This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Photos: Take A Peek Into This Magician's Incredible Close-Up Magic Show
When thinking of the most awe-inspiring and exciting type of live show, close-up magic probably isn't at the top of your list. Los Angeles-based performer Siegfried Tieber is here to prove that expectation wrong. In his weeks-long performance at the Civic Center Studios downtown, Tieber will showcase his poetic card magic skills in See/Saw, an immersive close-up magic experience presented by Atlas Obscura.
Tieber's goal with the show is to move away from the stereotype of a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Rather than shrouding himself in secrecy, he creates an accessible persona by engaging with his audience and demanding active participation. By presenting his show in the legendary Civic Center Studios (the former location of Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen's lawyer's office), he transports the audience out of daily life and into the world of a magical speakeasy.
He's also, put simply, an incredible magician. He recently made a name for himself on the CW show Fool Us, where celebrity magicians Penn & Teller invite magicians onto the show in an attempt to fool the duo. Tieber successfully fooled the two veteran magicians, and has subsequently become "the golden boy in the magic world," according to L.A. Weekly. Only about a quarter of guests on the show manage to fool Penn & Teller, according to L.A. Downtown News, and Tiber was one of them.
Despite doing so well on a national television show, Tieber's specialty and preference is an intimate setting. His See/Saw experiences cap the audience at 24 people to guarantee a personal experience for each guest. During every show he manages to learn the names of every audience member.
Tieber grew up in Ecuador and learned about magic while studying electric engineering in college. He moved to Los Angeles about five years ago, and despite it being his second language, he prefers performing in English (with his accent still, of course). He told L.A. Weekly [i]t does take more energy to perform in English, but nowadays I feel very comfortable," adding how "magic, like music, is definitely a universal language."
See/Saw is running six shows a week until Sunday, October 8. Tickets can be found on Atlas Obscura's website for $74.
Check out his appearance on Fool Us below: