Brett Schneider's brand of magic creates Communion

The “shared hallucinations” feel like real illusions.

Brett Schneider promises an evening of magic—card tricks, mind reading, and small-scale hypnotism—but what he delivers is something much richer and more satisfying. Working in a performance space configured so that the audience surrounds him on all sides, he pulls us in, using his art to first entertain us, then beguile us, and then unite us into a shared experience (I wanted just now to write “shared hallucination,” but part of me still wants, days after the show, to believe that Schneider’s evening of amazing illusions were real).…

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