Movie Magic

Often times, knowing how a magic trick is done ruins the magic. The trick becomes simple slight of hand instead of real magic. Manual Cinema’s Lula del Ray makes no attempt to hide its trickery from the audience.  Using projections, shadow puppets, and actors, the show is a silent film in real time. The audience watches as puppeteers huddle around three overhead projectors on which they create their filmic images which is then projected onto a large, upstage screen.   Actors walk in and out of the scene, sometimes diving out of the frame to avoid being seen on the larger screen where the “film” is being played out.  This process is done in front of the audience.  However, unlike a magician, knowing Manual Cinema’s secret makes it all the more impressive and all the more powerful.  One can watch the screen and ignore the process happening below, but this would not be the same experience.  Lula del Ray wants you to see the process because it is just as much a part of the show as the show itself.  Spectators go on the journey of the protagonist but also the theatrical experience. Audiences watch exactly how Manual Cinema makes their silent film from music, light, shadow, projectors, puppets and actors to make an intriguing new form of theater.

Dylan Tashjian

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