TRICKSTER / DECEIVER
On May 15th, Invisible Tango had it’s official opening and the reviews have been outstanding. Read a few snippets of them:
“Invisible Tango is, to put it simply, the best magic act I’ve ever seen. […] When not gasping with amazement at his legerdemain, the audience sits entranced by his way with words. A small, bespectacled chap with a lively, vibrant personality, Guimaraes knows how to talk to strangers, form a human connection with them, catch them up in his spell.” - Total Theater
“Storyteller and master illusionist Helder Guimarães to share his personal perspective on how important it is to experience mystery in today's world. And wonder you will at his mind-blowing illusions, impossible coincidences, and entirely new perspectives, leaving your eyes open wide with disbelief at what you have just seen - with one overwhelming thought - just how did he do that?” - Broadway World
“Even up close, it's nearly impossible to catch him making his work all the more impressive. To transcend the limits of his medium, the tricks take on a higher level of complexity, demanding greater-than-usual attention and upping the wow factor. […] Helder Guimarães does card tricks, and he does them better than anyone else. For audiences that demand the best in that field, look no further.” - The Hollywood Reporter
“The smallness of Guimarães’ setting lets us hang out with him, relate to him, let down our guards and decide what we can relate to in his personal stories and walk away with our own things to question. It’s a humorous, at times serious but a surprisingly serene inquisitive interaction that occurs. Or is it between us and ourselves? Nothing Helder does is easy as he redirects our thought process in the hopes of enlightening while entertaining. He’s the embraceable teaser on a quest.” - The Hollywood Times
“Helder Guimarães is either a magician posing as a philosopher or a philosopher posing as a magician. But however you classify him, he’s excellent company in his new show, Invisible Tango. […] As a rule, Guimarães is in no rush to clear up mysteries. He cultivates them the way a horticulturalist cultivates flowering vines. But he isn’t out to deceive. Or rather deception is put in the service of enlightenment. His mission is to expand our appreciation for what we don’t know and show how that influences our perception.” - Los Angeles Times
Read the Los Angeles Times full review here.
Joining the creative team of Invisible Tango, Moby will be composing the original soundtrack of the show. American musician, animal rights activist and author, he has sold over 20 million records worldwide. Moby has also co-written, produced, and remixed music for David Bowie, Billy Idol, Daft Punk, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Public Enemy, Soundgarden, etc. Learn more about Invisible Tango here.
In 2016 / 2017, Helder consulted on Ocean's 8, personally training Oscar-winning actresses Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett for their roles in the movie. Using his knowledge of con artists, hustlers and other scammers, Helder was responsible for recreating for the camera the feeling of a real heist as well as annotations on parts of the script. In 2018, the film opened with $41.6 million (the best opening of all Ocean's series) and earned $290m worldwide. See the trailer here.
In 2019, Helder will be opening a new solo show at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Entitled Invisible Tango, this show is set to be directed by Hollywood legendary producer, director and magic lover Frank Marshall, responsible for many blockbuster hits like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Back to the Future Trilogy, The Six Sense and Jurassic Park. More info here.
In 2012, Helder Guimaraes premiered his show Nothing To Hide at the Geffen Playhouse, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. The show was critically acclaimed and ended up Off-Broadway, at the Signature Theater, playing a sold-out limited run of four months.
In the beginning of 2016, Helder Guimarães debuted a limited engagement magic experience. Merging art, theater and Helder’s sleight-of-hand virtuosity in a secret location, Borrowed Time received acclaimed reviews by critics and audience members alike, running for four sold-out months purely on word of mouth.
In September 2016, Helder Guimarães debuted Verso, a one-man Off-Broadway show. Directed by Rodrigo Santos, Verso merged theater, magic and mind feats to create an impossible theatrical experience that was critically acclaimed by audiences who gave it a standing ovation every single night.
Here is a small teaser of Helder's work. It was the feature promo for his last Off-Broadway show in NY, Verso. It blends sleight-of-hand, storytelling and ideas into one unique deception.
Over the last 15 years, Helder Guimarães has received many international accolades. He received top honors from both the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood, as well as being proclaimed World Champion of Magic by FISM, the International Federation of Magic Societies. The New York Times called him "a master of illusions," TED Talks says he "slips and slides cards on a table, wowing you with invisible technique, unorthodox psychology and fresh humor," and Magic Magazine named him “one of the brightest thinkers and performers of his generation.” But his favorite commendations may be from the Los Angeles Times review of Borrowed Time, saying "he seems remarkably sincere and trustworthy for a man committed to deception," and from the New York Times review of Verso, where the reviewer acknowledges his reputation for exquisite technique: "his hands have such a liquid grace that they appear to contain no bones."