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A person wearing a white shirt and black dungarees appears to be in two halves in an abandoned office room. The torso is horizontally disappearing into a mirror in the fore front of the image. The legs are standing vertically in the background with a mirror as the body, the mirror is reflecting the torso. The torso is holding an object on fire and a pack of cards spread in a fan.

A Show of Hands by Tom Cassani

A Show of Hands is a short intimate solo show investigating Cassani’s relationship with his hands and the thinking that happens with and through them. A Show of Hands explores the poetics of a working relationship with playing cards, silver dollars, and palm reading through new text and old actions. A Show of Hands presents a spectrum of magic ranging from card cheating demonstrations to mind-reading-like predictions.


This performance was part of Circus City 2023 – The Outsider Edition and took place on Fri 20th October 2023 @ Circomedia

Show Info:

Full price £14, Concessions £11 + Booking Fee

The show will be followed by a Q&A and discussion hosted by circus and live-art performance maker Laura Murphy.


“Often the eerie silence, combined with Cassani’s deliberately perfunctory performance, made the show uncomfortable viewing, and yet it was impossible to look away…”

★★★★ Ellie Hutchings, What’s on Birmingham (On I promise you that Tonight)


Image credit: Tom Cassani & Manuel Vason

What we love about A Show of Hands:

An engaging, poetic and insightful performance from Contemporary performance maker sideshow-magician Tom Cassani. It has humour, impressive skill and a great soundtrack. You’ll want to watch Tom’s hands like a hawk and you still won’t believe your eyes.