Due to popular demand The Card Shark Show is extending its current run, and moving into the Royal Institution in Mayfair's Albemarle Street from 5 April 2013. Steve Truglia, ex Special Forces, record-breaking stuntman and award-winning magician brings the audience into the underworld of gamblers and card cheats through the ages. The Card Shark Show's Artistic Director is Joanie Spina (David Copperfield Show/Ghost the Musical on Broadway).
Steve Truglia has, during the initial run of The Card Shark Show, been promoted to the highest level of the Magic Circle, attainable by examination. Steve earned the title AIMC, (Associate of the Inner Magic Circle), with Silver Star. The Silver Star denotes that the highest possible standard in magical performance excellence has been achieved. Steve was judged on a live performance of The Card Shark Show by the Magic Circle's elite team of judges. Television's leading magician Dynamo also shares this accolade.
Enter the dark and dangerous world of the Card Shark.
From the middle ages through Wild West saloon bars to murderous gangsters, discover how sleight of hand techniques honed by hardened gamblers influenced modern card magic. One of the UK's foremost magicians and expert close up magic stars, Steve Truglia amazes London audiences with classic card tricks, cheats and scams in this brand new and interactive multimedia show, with film, images, music and live camera action.
Watch very closely...or you may just miss something...
The Royal Institution is one of London's oldest clubs and has been the centre of British Science since 1799. The intimate theatre nestled within this incredible building blends historical elegance with a state of the art sound system and projector bringing close up magic to every audience member. Steve Truglia will perform on an exact replica of the table that Michael Faraday demonstrated electromagnetic rotation, (leading to the electric motor), to the scientific community nearly 200 years ago.
Steve Truglia is a record-breaking stunt coordinator and performer, Action Unit Director and an accomplished sleight of hand expert and close up magician. Having passed the notoriously rigorous performance exam for The Magic Circle, Steve sought out long ago hidden secrets within the Magic Circle's incredible library, to further study these dark arts. Steve's time with UK Special Forces taught him the use of psychological operations to defeat an adversary; skills which are also used by gambling cheats and con artists to this day. A lifelong fascination with the colourful history of gambling cheating with cards, and its influence on modern close up magic, led Steve to write and produce The Card Shark Show. The show takes the audience on an historical whistle stop tour of the characters, stories and techniques, utilised by these shadowy figures.
Steve's stunt film credits include Saving Private Ryan, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Entrapment, As You Like It, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Wolfman. He is also resident stunt driver for Channel 5's Fifth Gear. Some of his personal record breaking stunts include the longest fire burn within the UK, for a total of two minutes five seconds, a 2004 Guinness World Record for the fastest ever abseil travelling 100 metres in 8.9 seconds and in 2009 Steve broke the world record with a 12 metre loop the loop stunt for Fifth Gear.