Vincent Gambini

This is not a magic show

Presented by Word of Warning

In Brief

Forget everything you know about magic and magicians.
Now remember it all again.

Join us for the first of our Informal evenings of sneak peeks and exclusive glimpses — the mysteriously dextrous Gambini and guest trick from Top Joe.

See Vincent Gambini’s teaser trailer.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Friday 4 March 2016, 7.30pm
Venue: STUN Studio at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Entry by donation, no booking required. Please note there is a limited capacity in the STUN Studio at Z-arts, and entry will be on a first come, first served basis; please arrive from 7pm to guarantee a seat!
Venue (Z-arts) Tel: 0161 232 6089

Access Information

Age advisory: 14+ (TBC); we expect the evening to last no more than 2 hours. For specific age and access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


A performance of and about sleight-of-hand magic: its invisible mechanics, its clichés, and what it tells us about live theatre and make-believe.

In a conversational yet crafted approach, Gambini presents astonishing close-up magic that invites us to question how enchantment and wonder are produced. Possibly the first of its kind, This is not a magic show is part performance-lecture, part deconstructed showbiz, and part magic trick that leaves you, like, omg!

The evening kicks off with a guest appearance by Liverpool comedy stalwart, Top Joe, with his own unique take on life and magic.

Who is Vincent Gambini?

London-based, over the last decade his performances have taken him across Europe, the US + South America. Specialising in sleight-of-hand with cards and coins, performed at very close quarters, he combines magic with elements of theatre, performance art, spoken word — all to create new forms of deception.

As a teen he won 1st prize at the Italian Close-up Magic competition, and 2nd prize at the International competition in London. In 2001 he gained entry to the Magic Circle by writing a thesis called ‘Deconstucting Magic’ which, as a title, does a good job at describing what he does now.

What people have said about This is not a magic show (Edinburgh 2015)

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Time Out
Fest Mag
The Stage, on Forest Fringe week 1

Who is Top Joe?

Top Joe is a timid character who wears a hi-vis jacket and only comes out at night. He occasionally braves leaving the house in order to meet people and give his thoughts on life, vouchers and pistachios.


Material for This is not a magic show was first developed during a residency at Rhubaba Gallery, Edinburgh.

Websites | @Gambinimagic | | @toptopjoe
This is not a magic show Facebook event

Performance Programme Spring 2016

Thu 4 — Sat 6 Feb, 9.30pm.
| Queer Contact
Sat 20 Feb, 12noon-4pm. FREE | Z-arts
Haphazard 2016
Fri 4 Mar, 7.30pm.
By donation
| STUN Studio at Z-arts
This is not a magic show
Sat 12 Mar, 8pm. £13/7 | Contact
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