$25K - The Levitation
One of these experiences is a famous illusion called the The Levitating Woman. Imagine... a woman floating right in front of your eyes, just inches away from where you're standing.... At $25K we’ll be able to build that experience into the evening.
$30K - The Learned Pig
The Learned Pig is a rarity in the world of magic. But we’ve found one. And we want to invite her to the Club to perform her incredible act. When was the last time you saw a pig divine the card you were merely thinking of? Never. And probably never again. Help us get to 30K for a guest appearance unlike any other. *Bacon will not be served on these nights*
$45k - Water Torture Tank
The last illusion performed by Houdini, The Water Torture Tank is a classic and death defying escape. Complicated to execute, the Tank must be built and customized especially for the Club. But at 45K (or beyond) we could work miracles - like escaping from chains while upside down and under water…
About The Conjuror's Club
Nestled in an unassuming nook of New York City lies a century-old secret meeting place for the world’s foremost magicians & illusionists. For years it has been invisible to the public eye, but for the first time in history the Club's location is revealed. Only the trusted are invited inside...
Welcome to the The Conjuror's Club: a myth, a secret, an underground reality. Its location has been purposefully obscured by its founder since 1917. Half lounge, half lab. A wonder-seeker's paradise.
Home to world class Magicians, Illusionists, Mentalists, and Card Cheats, entry to The Conjuror's Club is, at best, elusive. For those who find themselves in a particular alley, passing through a particular door, unbelievable, impossible acts await. The Club dazzles, dupes, and delights-- but like any good illusion, not everything is as it appears.
On one night a woman vanishes in a room full of people. On another, a mind reader exposes an unassuming man's darkest secrets. A couple is carted off to a secret room. The world's most infamous card cheat sits in a corner-- a young woman watches closely, eyes searching for his misstep.
And, like any great magic trick, nothing is repeated.
A hip NYC atmosphere decked out with it’s own hidden surprises, intimate one on one performances, and theatrical group experiences promise a one of a kind evening of magic, the likes of which you’ll truly never see again. Because the next time you return to the Club... you may not be able to find it.
How we'll use the money:
The money raised via this Kickstarter will cover venue fees, insurance, paying actors, magicians, and designers, renting rehearsal spaces, costuming, prop needs, lighting the space, sound, building illusions, marketing, and documenting archival footage of the performances. These are all costs that have to be paid up front to demonstrate proof of concept to investors. Demonstrating the potential of this production in October will take us one huge step closer to our ultimate goal of creating a permanent venue for The Conjuror's Club in New York. If we surpass our fundraising goals, we'll be able to lengthen our performance run and add even more incredible elements to the Club, including, but not limited to: a learned pig, a levitating body, a water coffin, and more illusions not to be believed.
Founded by six alumni of the hit Off Broadway experience Queen of the Night, MinuteZero is a production company built on a unique array of skills, performance backgrounds, and an unprecedented amount of experience in immersive theatre. MinuteZero strives to create the moments that you wish would last forever. In short, to stop time.
Vinny DePonto has been mesmerizing audiences on stage for over a decade. His critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show Charlatan was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience in 2014. In addition to his live performances, DePonto also consults for film and theatre projects that require the use of practical effects, psychological illusions and modern trickery. He enjoys the aroma of antique shops, colorful socks, and your deep, dark secrets.
Risks and challenges
This is the first iteration of the show. We'll be building the backbone of the story, and this type of of experience has never been done before, which means we will be watching and learning how it unfolds along with the audience. The magician's secret is sacred, and because of this we must be careful in how we proceed. We want to present our audience with the best possible magic at close range, without jeopardizing the secrets of the magician.
Everything is new. Think of this as a secret pilot -- will you be among the first to enter The Conjuror's Club?
SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE AMAZING PEOPLE FOR THEIR HELP IN OUR KICKSTARTER VIDEO:
Frank Boccia, Blue Browning, Matt Holtzclaw, Nate Dendy, Noah Levine, Joshua Jay, Alexander Boyce, Alex Harris, Emily Palmquist, Mayte Natalio, Kimo Kepano, Kristin Yancy, Clinton Edward, Katherine Roarty, Wil Petre,Tommy Martinez, Debo Adeniyi, Maria Nikolovski, Ulrika Lindell, Teresa Natalio
- (30 days)