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Lunch With Honors: Risky Business: An Artist's Inspiration & Process

Friday, January 10, 2014
5:00 AM
1330 Mason Hall

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A stunt so dangerous that Houdini refused even to attempt it, the magic trick known as the Bullet Catch has claimed the lives of at least 12 illusionists, assistants, and spectators since its conception in 1613. Writer and performer Rob Drummond explores the history of the Bullet Catch, including the true story of William Henderson, who died in 1912 attempting the infamous trick. Drummond reads the minds of his audience as he leads them through a darkly humorous and engaging theatrical magic show featuring levitation, games of chance, and — for those who dare stay to the very end — the most notorious finale in show business. Rob is performing this trick at the end of his UMS shows this week.  Come meet him (if he survives) and hear how he created this show.  He’ll share some thoughts about how the creative process works, addressing such questions as: Where does inspiration come from? What makes an artist tick? How do you take your ideas and spin them into a finished product?

Rob Drummond is an award winning playwright, performer and director from Glasgow. His wide ranging work includes the critically acclaimed WRESTLING  (Arches, 2011), which involved five months professional wrestling training, and a modern retelling of The Passion (George Square, Glasgow 2011).   Recent projects include The Riot of Springa response to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, where he worked with a choreographer for The Arches and National Theatre of Scotland’sAuteurs Project, and Quiz Show (Traverse, Edinburgh). Bullet Catch was a huge hit at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, winning a Herald Angel Award and Total Theatre Award.

Links to various press releases regarding Rob's work:


Rob Drummond