TRICKSTER / DECEIVER
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. 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."