Svengali was the very first Gabriello Pitman LIVE production, branded as Dueling Magicians - the duo magician concept with my cousin Stefano Presenza - and featured musical entertainment by SynBeat.
The show was at Cambrian College's eDome, in Sudbury ON. It ran for two nights only: March 23rd and 24th, 2012.
The show combined feats of magic, mentalist and hypnosis. The first half consisted of various effects that demonstrate concepts in misdirection, psychology and suggestion. The second half of the was straight hypnosis, and the show ended with a bang: a 100-foot rope escape (Gabriello) versus a straitjacket escape (Stefano).
The show received a good amount of press. It was featured on the front page of the Sudbury Star (link here), which is Sudbury's largest newspaper, the Northern Life (link here) and on CTV News Sudbury (link here). A radio ad was also blasted out to the public on The Hot 93.5FM (link here) during the week leading up to the show.
Overall the show was a huge success. The first night, we ran out of chairs with 110 people in the room. For the second night, we brought in more chairs, totaling 150 seats.