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The Card Shark Show extends run and moves venue

The Card Shark

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

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 April 5, 2013.

During the initial run of The Card Shark Show, Steve Truglia was promoted to the highest level of the Magic Circle, attainable by examination. He earned the title AIMC (Associate of the Inner Magic Circle) with the Silver Star, which denotes that the highest possible standard in magical performance excellence has been achieved.

Truglia 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.

Dates: April 5 and 19, May 3, 17 and 24, and June 14 and 21.

Tickets: £25 – £60. Available from the box office on 0844 338 8000 or online at

Time: 7.30pm.

The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS

Previously Posted: Steve Truglia, ex Special Forces, record-breaking stuntman and award-winning magician is bringing The Card Shark Show to the theatre at The Mayfair Hotel, where it will run from December 15, 2012 to March 22, 2013.

The Card Shark Show draws the audience into the underworld of gamblers and card cheats, into 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 will amaze 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.

Steve Truglia is a record-breaking stunt co-ordinator 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, Truglia sought out long ago hidden secrets within the Magic Circle’s incredible library, to further study these dark arts.

His 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. It was a lifelong fascination with the colourful history of gambling cheating with cards, and its influence on modern close up magic, that led Truglia to write and produce The Card Shark.

Truglia’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, a 2004 Guinness World Record for the fastest ever abseil, and in 2009, he broke the world record with a 12 metre loop the loop stunt for Fifth Gear.

The Card Shark Show’s Artistic Director is Joanie Spina (The David Copperfield Show, Ghost the Musical on Broadway).

Tickets: £50 – £60.

The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LT

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