If you're not on Twitter, you may have missed me kindly recapping the final NYC show of In and Of Itself. When I perform a valuable service like this, I don't intend to limit it to one platform, so for those of you who don't follow me there—and who weren't at the show—here is what you missed.
"You ready to watch me redefine the art of magic?" he said. Then he blew a fart noise in the crook of his arm.— The Jerx (@TheJerx) August 21, 2018
He did a trick where a jar of peanut butter switched places with a jar of jelly under two black tubes. Said the peanut butter represented his "childhood ambitions" and the jelly his "suicidal ennui." When it was over he pointed to a guy in the 1st row and said, "Deep shit, bro."— The Jerx (@TheJerx) August 21, 2018
He told a really long story about his "sexual awakening" and a Kathy Ireland poster he had on his bedroom wall in eighth grade. The whole time he flashed a D-lite on his thumb. Everyone looked at each other like, "That's all the magic in this part?"— The Jerx (@TheJerx) August 21, 2018
He was asked if he was going to vanish the gold brick in this final show and he said, "Sorry. Can't. I used that to smash in a drifter's skull last night. This city is becoming a cesspool. Thanks, deBlasio!"— The Jerx (@TheJerx) August 21, 2018
Got really excited at one point and said, "Let's prank call Helder Guimarães!" But then he took a Totino's Pizza Roll from his pocket and bit into it and it squirted all over his shirt and he seemed to forget this idea.— The Jerx (@TheJerx) August 21, 2018
Weirdly he gave a 45 minute workshop on the bottom-deal to an audience of primarily non-magicians. Everyone got a deck and they were half-heartedly dealing into their lap. Cards were falling everywhere. A/C broke and the heat kicked on for some reason. Really miserable.— The Jerx (@TheJerx) August 21, 2018
Told a woman her "body was so hot" & she "should be a weather girl" He googled "magic tricks to get girls" on his phone but it was hooked up to an onstage projector from a previous trick so we all saw. She wouldn't give him her # & he said "ur ugly anyways. I was just being nice"— The Jerx (@TheJerx) August 21, 2018
Did Color Monte twice.— The Jerx (@TheJerx) August 21, 2018
The show may have suffered from the weight of expectations. I give it a B-.— The Jerx (@TheJerx) August 21, 2018
One moment I forgot to write up was when he did a floating dollar bill trick. It really didn't seem up to the same level as most of the material I've seen him perform in the past. And at one point the thread broke and the dollar fell to the ground. At least, I thought that was what happened. But at that point Derek dropped his head and said—somewhat under his breath—"Oh, great Moloch, almighty King, chief of Satan's angels. I beseech ye, make the bill rise. In turn, I, your loyal servant, will make the soil red and saturated with the scrotal blood of a dozen boy scouts." And, wouldn't you know it, the bill started to rise again.
Here I was, trying to figure out if he was using a loop or a thread reel, and it turns out he was using a blood sacrifice to the god Moloch from the scrotums of young boys! Well, he got me good with that one.