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Vinny DePonto is a New York-based mentalist, artist, writer, and director, known for producing a "wide variety of mind-bending telepathy–type feats, all delivered with charm, humor, and genuine suspense".
His combination of psychological tricks, illusions, visual art, and immersive storytelling have led to collaborations with award-winning company Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, Pipeline Theatre, the Future of StoryTelling Festival, and The Orchard Project. His solo show Mind Reader premiered at The American Conservatory Theater, and his current virtual show Mental Amusements was highlighted by the New York Times for its ingenuity in the age of distanced performing.
His acclaimed one-man show Charlatan at Ars Nova was nominated for a Drama Desk "Unique Theatrical Event" award in 2014 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience#2020s|Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience (the first solo magician to be nominated since Ricky Jay), and led The New York Times to remark "Mr. DePonto’s craftsmanship consistently impresses".
In May 2021, his newest show Mindplay will debut as part of the Geffen Playhouse's 25th Anniversary season, and will mark the Geffen's first mentalism production.
His consulting work in illusion design has been featured in 2018's Tony-winning Broadway revival of Angels in America, as well as the celebrated Third Rail Projects' Ghost Light at Lincoln Center, and Behind the City in which he also performed. He helped develop the immersive experience The Conjurer’s Club, blending illusions and storytelling with “an intimate 360-degree view of each performer’s unique talent.” In 2018, he directed magician/TV host Justin Willman in The Magic Show, which ran for a year at the Hollywood Roosevelt.
Television work includes Netflix's Magic for Humans with Willman, NBC's Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, and Discovery Channel’s The Magic of Science.
In the media
- "7 Things to Do This Weekend". The New York Times. 2020-09-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
- Zinoman, Jason (2014-04-12). "Nothing Up His Sleeve, Just a Knack for Deception (Published 2014)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
- "Geffen Playhouse Announces 2020/2021 25th Anniversary Season". Geffen Playhouse. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
- Kobryn, Jon (October 25, 2017). "THE CONJUROR'S CLUB – JOURNEY INTO NYC'S MOST MAGICAL KEPT SECRET". www.becomeimmersed.com. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
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