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George C. Cada of the Magicadada Family, 2021

As part of the Cicada Parade-a Project. Cicada body by Formstone Castle. Designed by David London.

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About David

Baltimore City

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I discovered that I was a magician at 7 years old, and have since spent the last thirty years trying to figure out just what that means. My work most often explores wonder, creativity & play through a variety of forms, including performance,  sculpture, moving pictures, and immersive experiences. I am also  the Director of Innovation at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, so I am ineligible for an award, but happy to share my work!

Curiosities

Like many artists during COVID, I had to find new ways to express myself during lockdown. I began making a variety of sculptural and light-based objects of wonders.

Shows of Magic

Storytelling magic shows have been my one consistent form of art over the last 20 years. I have created eight original theatrical magic productions, which I have presented at theaters, museums and festivals across the country.

Production History:

  • 2001- 2002, 2017-2019: Cerebral Sorcery with Francis Menotti
  • 2004 - 2005: ...Art of Dreams with Hiawatha Johnson, Jr.
  • 2006: The Imagination Show
  • 2007: The Adventure to the Imagi Nation
  • 2011: (insert title here)
  • 2012 - 2020: Magic Outside The Box
  • 2018 - 2019: The Tricksters with Harley Newman
  • 2018 - 2020: Houdini's Trunk
  • David London's Magic Outside The Box

    Magic Outside The Box combines magic with storytelling, puppetry, comedy and that which cannot be defined, to create a show of magic unlike anything you have experienced before. After premiering at Burning Man Arts Festival in 2012, I have since presented this show throughout the country.
  • Cerebral Sorcery - magic for your brain!

    A mysterious box taunts two eccentric magicians.
  • The Adventure to the Imagi Nation

    Originally comissioned in 2006 by the Chicago Children's Museum, The Adventure to the Imagi Nation The Adventure to the Imagi Nation utilizes magic, story-telling and interactive play to take children of all ages on a journey to the Imagi Nation– a far away place, found within each one of us. Each 25 minute performance is both fun and educational in nature. Children are provided with a unique opportunity to express, explore and experience their own imagination in a way like never before. Recommended for ages 5-11. Fun for everyone!
  • The Adventure to the Imagi Nation

    Originally comissioned in 2006 by the Chicago Children's Museum, The Adventure to the Imagi Nation The Adventure to the Imagi Nation utilizes magic, story-telling and interactive play to take children of all ages on a journey to the Imagi Nation– a far away place, found within each one of us. Each 25 minute performance is both fun and educational in nature. Children are provided with a unique opportunity to express, explore and experience their own imagination in a way like never before. Recommended for ages 5-11. Fun for everyone!
  • The Tricksters

    They play with illusion and bend reality. They practice the art of joyful deception. They are storytellers, philosophers, clowns and poets. They will fool you, make you laugh, and lead you to wonder if all of life is just one big trick. David London and Harley Newman are The Tricksters... PRODUCTIONS HISTORY: July 6-15, 2018 - Baltimore Theatre Project July 26-29 - Firehouse Theatre Richmond July 5-7, 2019 - Baltimore Theatre Project
  • David London - Psychic Celebrity Toenail Clippings

    Originally created in 1999 to examine how magi tricks can be used to create and assign power, this routine has appeared in several shows over the past 20 years.

Séances

Séances are a unique form of magical performance, that combines historical storytelling, illusion, and the exploration of spirit and spirits. 

The Creative Spirit Séance (2013 - 2014) utilized the tools of spiritualism to communicate with the Creative Spirit, as opposed to exclusively the spirits of the deceased.

HUMBUG: The Great P.T. Barnum Séance & Traveling Museum (2018 - 2019) utilized seance performance to tell the story of P.T. Banrum's life, as well as to summon his cast of curious chatacters. HUMBUG explored the ideas of spirit in relationship to passion, attitude, as well as victorian spirit communication. 

  • Creative Spirit Séance, 2014 - 2015

    Presented for just 12 participants per seating, The Creative Spirit Séance is an intimate, fully interactive experience that explores various ways in which human beings communicate with the unseen world. Combining performance, ritual and creative play, magician and storyteller David London will guide you through the mysterious realm of imagination, creativity and the Great Beyond. Previous Productions: August 14-30, 2014 – Baltimore, MD May 15-30, 2015 – Baltimore, MD
  • My Séance Table

    Table design by David London Table construction by Jay Wright Table finishing by Jeramie Bellmay Photo by Theresa Keil
  • Creative Spirit Séance - Séance Table

    Presented for just 12 participants per seating, The Creative Spirit Seance is an intimate, fully interactive experience that explores various ways in which human beings communicate with the unseen world. Combining performance, ritual and creative play, magician and storyteller David London will guide you through the mysterious realm of imagination, creativity and the Great Beyond. Previous Productions: August 14-30, 2014 – Baltimore, MD May 15-30, 2015 – Baltimore, MD
  • Creative Spirit Seanceé

    Church & Company, Baltimore, MD, 2015 Written & Performed by David London Artistic Direction and props by Jeramie Bellmay Photos by Theresa Keil & Philip Laubner Music by Daniel Merrill
  • HUMBUG Flyer

    Join David London for an intimate evening of Storytelling, Time Travel, Curiosity, Wonders, Impossibilities, Manifestations, Exaggerations, Unbelievable Truths, Fake News & Alternative Facts.' “a one-of-a-kind experience that was enlightening, amazing, and awe-inspiring” -Baltimore Independent Theater Review -Hear the incredible true stories of Barnum’s life! -Encounter genuine artifacts* from Barnum’s career! -Witness the Fejee Mermaid! -Experience Spirit Communication! -Bring Barnum and his cast of characters back to life! *along with reproductions, facsimiles, fakes,
  • Full HUMBUG Poster

    Join David London for an intimate evening of Storytelling, Time Travel, Curiosity, Wonders, Impossibilities, Manifestations, Exaggerations, Unbelievable Truths, Fake News & Alternative Facts.' “a one-of-a-kind experience that was enlightening, amazing, and awe-inspiring” -Baltimore Independent Theater Review -Hear the incredible true stories of Barnum’s life! -Encounter genuine artifacts* from Barnum’s career! -Witness the Fejee Mermaid! -Experience Spirit Communication! -Bring Barnum and his cast of characters back to life! *along with reproductions, facsimiles, fakes,
  • Mermaid

    Mermaid at the entrance to HUMBUG, The Peale Center, Baltimore, MD

Time Travel Tours

From November 2018 – August 2019, I created and managed a bureau of the Escapement Time Travel Agency at the Peale in Baltimore, MD, inside the oldest museum building in America. Along with building the Time Machine (in collaboration with Adolphe Alexander) and the Time Travel Agency, I researched, reimagined and recreated my interpretation of Rembrandt Peale's Study, and offered tours back in time.

All time travel tours included up to 40 minutes of actual time travel, and consisted of storytelling, interactivity, history and play. An Augmented Reality component allowed visitors to look through Rembrandt Peale's eyeglasses and see through his eyes. A special Sunday Tea Time Travel Tours also included jokes, magic tricks, tea and cookies.
What is this? Part puzzle. Part exhibit. Part performance. Total immersion.

Time Travel Tour experience is an interactive experience that engaged with the history of the Peale Museum and its founder, Rembrandt Peale. After activating a 200-Year Time Machine, visitors embarked on a guided tour of Rembrandt Peale’s study in the years 1818 & 1819. Through immersion, wonder and play, the experience is designed to connect certain aspects of that time to your own time, as well as to the future. Website: www.time-travel.tours

REVIEWS,  PRESS & LINKS:
WYPR, On The Record, "Time Travel at the Peale"
No Prosenium Q&A: "Enter an escape room in reverse"
Patient Rock Review: "Traveling Time with the Peale Family"
The Paul Stefan Show // TV Free Baltimore

Inescapable: The Life & Legacy of Harry Houdini

In 2017 I was hired by the Jewish Museum of Maryland to serve as guest curator for Inescapable: The Life & Legacy of Harry Houdini, which opened at the museum in Baltimore staring in 2018, and then toured to The Breman Museum in Atlanta and the Milwaukee Jewish Museum in 2019.

EXHIBITION DATES:
June 24, 2018 – January 21, 2019: Jewish Museum of Maryland – Baltimore, MD
April 14, 2019 – August 11, 2019: The Breman Museum – Atlanta, GA September 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020: Milwaukee Jewish Museum – Milwaukee, WI

Harry Houdini wasn't born. He was invented. 
The world’s most famous magician began life as Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi. In 1878 immigration to the U.S. transformed Erik Weisz into Ehrich Weiss. It was the first of many transformations for the man who would become the first international superstar.

Inescapable tells the story of how Ehrich Weiss became Harry Houdini and investigates the technologies, marketing prowess and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar. On one level, the exhibit is pure fun – incorporating magic, escapes, seances, films, rare artifacts and hands-on illusions.  On a deeper level, the exhibit pulls back the curtain, revealing the story of the man behind the image.

Interactive

Starting in 2007,  I began experimenting with how play, interactivity and co-creation could provide access to a magical state of mind. In 2008, I spent six months facilitating the construction of Wonder Bread Sculptures, and continued my exploration with the IMAGINE Device (2008 - 20010), Be The White Rabbit (2009), The Scoposcope (2010 - 2012), among other interactive experiements. 

Events & Happenings

Hosting and producing large scale interactive events & happenings has been a consistent form in my work since 2007. 

Adhesive Alchemy

While attending college in Chicago, I have the privledge to connect with the Chicago Surrealist Group, founded in 1966 by Franklin and Penelope Rosement, after they visited Surrealism's founder Andre Breton in Paris, shortly before his death. The group met continuously for 45 years, until 2009, when Franklin himself  passed away. From 2002 - 2007, I gathered with Chicago Surrealist Group every Sunday afternoon to explore ideas and play games. They also encouraged me to make art for the first time.  This gallery  contains some of my artwork from that period of my life. 

Miscellany

  • Flights of Fancy/ Coffee Table, 2020

    Five physical and digital collages turned into a coffee table.
  • You Are Here, 2011

    Presented at Transmodern Festival, 2011, Baltimore, Maryland & PEX Summer Festival, 2011, Darlington, MD. Collaboration with Katy Nielsen.
  • Magic Hookah Lounge, 2009 - 2010

    Appearing at Desiderata Festival, Gaian Mind Summer Festival, and others.
  • Thing String, 2008 - 2009

    Thing String is a single piece of thread designed to be worn as a fashion accessory. Also intended to be used as a conversation starter. From 2008 - 2009, I distributed hundreds of pieces of string at dozens of events around Baltimore and Washington, DC. Many conversations were started, and an unknown quantity of friendships were started.
  • Transplant, 2004

    Transplanting carrots into banana peels. Chicago, IL. 2005.
  • Face Puppet, 2004

    Presented as part of the TicToc Performance Art Festival, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • Roaring Fallacy, 2004

    Presented as part of the TicToc Performance Art Festival, Chicago, IL, 2004 In collaboration with Katy Nielsen
  • Behind (& Beyond) The Smoke and Mirrors, 1998 - 2008

    In my teenage years, I was looking for answers to my many questions about magic, and turned to me fellow magicians for their answers. The 24 page quarterly zine collected and published essays from magical practitioners who spoke of the philosophy, psychlogy and meaning behind magic and creativity. I produced 20 issues in total, including Behind The Smoke and Mirrors (1998-2001) and Beyond The Smoke and Mirrors (2006-2008), which together contain over 500 pages of essays on magical thinking, storytelling, and creativity. At its peak, I mailed 500 publications around the world.