Brett Schneider Magic

Award winning magic performance, illusion design, and magic consultation for the stage and screen. Bring magic to your next event, private party, or theatrical production.



written by Andrew Hinderaker

directed by Halena Kays

with magic created by Brett Schneider

Schneider is captivating... you’ll need to see this intensely bespoke drama
— The Washington Post
— TimeOut
will have you at the edge of your seat
— Daily Herald
It’s rare to witness something like this. My advice is see it while you have the opportunity.
— LEO Weekly
an impressive world premiere... a sophisticated magic show married to an absorbing love story
— Chicago Reader
highly distinctive and intriguing
— Chicago Tribune’s Schneider’s nimble hands in which Halena Kays’s engaging production rests. Both a highly intelligent and vulnerable actor and a first-rate magician whose set pieces mesh smartly with Hinderaker’s metaphor.
— TimeOut Chicago

The Magic Play

is a theatrical event and an ongoing collaboration between playwright Andrew Hinderaker, director Halena Kays, and lead actor/magic creator Brett Schneider.

The GOodman Theatre - Fall 2016 (World Premiere)

Though a good magician must always be in control of his show, his offstage life may be as fragile as a house of cards. When a rising young magician must take the stage just hours after his partner has left him, his performance begins to unravel. Overcome with heartbreak, he must accept that the inherent tricks and deceptions he uses to dazzle his audience are the very things that drove his lover away. Critically acclaimed magician, illusion designer and actor Brett Schneider stars in a mind-blowing spectacle that combines the allure of a live magic show with the poignant punch of Chicago theater.

- The Goodman Theatre

previous productions...

The Goodman THeatre - fall 2016

Olney Theatre Center - Spring 2017

Actors Theatre of Louisville - Winter 2018

Portland Center Stage - Winter 2018

Syracuse Stage - Spring 2018