The collaborative work of Glenn Kaino and Derek DelGaudio
About the book
A Secret Has Two Faces
This multifaceted project is the latest collaboration between Glenn Kaino and Derek DelGaudio, who work together as the conceptual performance art duo A.Bandit to make magical art which has been exhibited and performed in venues that span a diverse range of cultural activities. A Secret Has Two Faces introduces their pioneering work in the fields of art and magic and contains interviews and stories from noteworthy practitioners within both fields. It will be a generous access point into the normally secret practice from which A.Bandit operates and will contain several secret elements and magical features that distinguish it as a type of performance, in and of itself.
A.Bandit is an experimental performance art group started by conceptual artist Glenn Kaino and conceptual magician Derek DelGaudio. Formed as an alliance with the intention of creating a new performative medium between the worlds of art and magic, A.Bandit has performed their spectacular psycho-spatial interventions at such venues as The Kitchen, NYC; The Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles; Pershing Square Signature Center, NYC; Soho House, Los Angeles; Art LA Contemporary in Santa Monica; and LAXART Annex in Hollywood, where they have taken residence for six months opening up what they called, “a conceptual magic shop” named THE SPACE BETWEEN. Their most recent production IN & OF ITSELF just finished a 16-week sold out run at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and is currently open at the Daryl Roth Theater in New York City.
"The result of what happens when magic meets art and ideas come to life.”
"No actual tricks took place."
Marina Abramović is a Yugoslav-born, New York–based performance artist who often explores the relationship between performer and audience and the limits of the body. Spanning over four decades, her work includes performances as well as installations, photographs, and sound and video works.
David Blaine is a New York–based magician and illusionist. In addition to the high- profile feats of physical endurance for which he is best known, Blaine has also brought magic to a wider audience through televised specials including Street Magic (1997) and Real or Magic (2013).
Tony DeLap, a pioneer of West Coast Minimalism and Op art, is best known for painting-sculpture hybrids and abstract sculpture utilizing illusionist techniques and meticulous craftsmanship. A founding faculty member of the art department at the University of California, Irvine, he has influenced many artists over the years.
Max Maven is a magician and mentalist. Versed in magic history and the origins of tricks and methods, he is a prolific author, frequently contributing to industry journals, and has served as magic consultant for such performers as David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and Siegfried & Roy.
John Baldessari is a Los Angeles–based conceptual artist working primarily in photography, film, and video. Since the mid-1960s he has used found photography and appropriated images, often in combination with text, to investigate how language and imagery convey meaning.
Ricky Jay is a magician, actor, and writer. Renown for sleight-of- hand skills and card tricks, he is also an expert on magic, gambling, and con games, writing extensively on magic and its history as well as serving as a consultant to Hollywood productions.
A curator at MASS MoCA since 2007, Denise Markonish has organized a number of exhibitions, including Oh, Canada (2012) and Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape (2008), as well as numerous single-artist shows. Previous to her post at MASS MoCA, she was the curator at Artspace in New Haven, Connecticut.
Teller is a magician, actor, writer, and director. Since the late 1970s, he has performed as half of the comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller, along with Penn Jillette; together they have written several books on magic and produced the television show Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010), which approached issues with an atheist and skeptical eye.