To think of a scenic device to a live performance implies a prior definition of the different actions and events the show has to offer.
The show has a global idea and the scenery is not just the place for the succession of moments or actions; it should thrive with the magic and engage the audience in the illusion that is created … until exhaustion. In this show we wanted many places, various types of illusion, from large scale to small-scale, from levitation to the pure representation; from machines to hand tricks, in continuous, uninterrupted and at high speed… something new that few had attempted. The device had to be plural and able to absorb creative and rapid changes, without noticing, the viewer does not become distracted, without leaving the fantasy and the engaging and intelligent magic that only Luis de Matos knows how to do.
Magic seems to be easy when we look at the tricks that were recorded. And how good it is, even now, that magic seems to be so easy!
RTP1 – Rádio Televisão Portuguesa
Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente
A magician who completely masters many techniques is like a seamstress with a sewing machine. Both need ideas but, at the same time, they need to create in order to be considered good performers. Creation represents the border which, being crossed, will provide the magna stature of artists. Magic is an art, not a set of devices that challenge the viewer, underestimating their ability to reason. I think the illusionistic show, for many who see it and for some who perform in it, goes through a total misconception phase. Just as a painter, a musician or any other artist seeking to bring to his audience a particular message or a state of mind, the magician also tries to do it. The latter may, however, achieve that purpose with special powers of the resources he uses because he has to transcend the spirit of the spectator by using those resources”
Luís de Matos I In O Mundo Mágico
Título Title: Luís de Matos ao Vivo. Produção Production: Luís de Matos Produções. Data e Local Date and Venue: Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, Coimbra, 2001.