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Stuart Lightbody invites you to an evening of false memories, suggestion and delightful deja vu… and delightful deja vu!

Armed with little more than a pack of cards, a pocket watch and some mystery envelopes, Stuart shares impossible illusions and demonstrates the most ambitious mental feat of his career. Stuart is no idiot savant, but he might just be half of one. So the question remains: which half?

From the winner of the Spirit of the Fringe Award at the National Arts Festival, the Creative Award at the Prague Fringe Festival and the Theatre Award at the FringeWorld Festival in Australia.

Stuart tours his theatre shows across 3 continents. He can be found entertaining anywhere from private parties on the island of Capri, Italy, to theatres on luxury cruise liners, to corporate shows for the biggest Fortune-500 companies. As a South African Magic Champion (2005, 2016), Stuart has represented his country at the World Magic Championships in Sweden and at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. His love of sharing the art of magic in a theatrical environment has led to Stuart to create a long list of magical theatre shows:”52“, “Sleight of mind“, “Telling Lies“, “Superstition“, “Illusive“, “Dark Imaginings“, “Sleepless Dreams“, “Devilish“, “Memorable Moments“, “Unique Wonders“, “Stuart Lightbody’s Little Lies“, “Artifice” and “Deceptive Delights“. For this body of work he has won numerous local and international awards, including two “Silver Ovation Awards” and a “Spirit of the Fringe Award” at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, a “Weekly Best of Festival Award” at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the “Creative Award” at the Prague Fringe Festival and the “Theatre Award” at the Fringe World Festival in Australia. He spends his life pondering, practicing and performing moments that are beautifully impossible.

There is nothing more splendid than sitting wide-eyed in the presence of the obviously impossible.”– The Times

He’s just like The Mentalist on television, only up close without camera tricks.” – Adelaide Advertiser

…beautifully impossible while still being impossibly beautiful.” – Cape Argus

Stuart Lightbody is a well spoken affable young man, lucky to be alive in the 21st century – otherwise he’d be burned as a witch.” – Adelaide Advertiser

… he replaces normal human gullibility with an awestruck sense that what you have seen has to be magic.” – Adelaide Advertiser

The gasps and disbelieving shrieks from his audience are testaments to his skill. Every part of the performance is breathtaking and so elegantly executed you find yourself, if only for a moment, believing in magic.” – Cape Times

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