See/Saw: An Immersion into a Magician's Mind

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Civic Center Studios

207 South Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The Experience

Card magic has been lauded as “the poetry of magic.” Due to its versatility and range, the deck of cards is paralleled with the piano. More than mere printed pieces of paper, this instrument embodies chance, chaos, and luck.

See/Saw is an invitation to take a closer look at the art of conjuring with playing cards. It’s an immersive experience where there are no spectators, only active participants. Host, performer, and close-up illusionist Siegfried Tieber takes us by the hand—metaphorically, that is—through a journey where the important question isn’t how, but why.

Siegfried Tieber

Siegfried Tieber is a Los Angeles-based performer and sleight-of-hand magician. Born and raised in Ecuador, his first international appearance was in 2011 in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2015, Tieber headlined at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world, where his performance was highly praised by critics and media outlets. Most recently, he was invited to be part of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, a television series featuring the legendary performance duo (yes, he did fool them).

Although Tieber has appeared in venues large and small around the world, his heart is in performing close-up magic for intimate audiences—always with his sleeves rolled up.

The Location

Civic Center Studios

A secret hideaway nestled inside the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles. Formerly the office of criminal defense attorney Max Solomon (Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen's lawyer), today this brick and steel den is the home of Civic Center Studios, a production studio and cultural center for artists and musicians. Find the hidden entrance in the parking lot next to the subterranean speakeasy, Birds & Bees.

Artistic & Production Team


Jon Armstrong is an internationally acclaimed sleight-of-hand artist, lecturer, and consultant—not to mention a superstar in the magic community. He has received numerous honors including Close Up Magician of the Year awarded by the world famous Magic Castle/Academy of Magical Arts, where he is a regular performer.

Angie Lister: SET DESIGNER

Angie Lister is a Los Angeles-based visual artist, designer, and muralist. Two of her latest projects include the 'Blade Runner 2049' Comic-Con Experience and scenic artwork for a “Stranger Things” Netflix event. Displayed in numerous art galleries across the United States, Lister’s artwork is known for its cohesion, and yet its diversity.

Atlas Obscura: PRODUCER

Atlas Obscura is a digital platform, a producer and publisher, and a real-world community. We curate extraordinary experiences that reveal secret histories, exceptional people, and unusual access to overlooked places hidden all around us. See/Saw is our debut extended-format experience, with 24 shows scheduled in Los Angeles.


Contact Erin Johnson at erin@atlasobscura.com.

Press Inquiries

Contact Lynn Tejada at lynn@greengalactic.com.

Additional Details

  • Recommended ages for audience members is 16+
  • This venue is not ADA accessible.
  • Beer, wine, and cocktails will be available for purchase, I.D. required.
  • Cocktail attire is encouraged.
  • Still photography is allowed, flash photography is prohibited at all times.
  • Video is strictly forbidden.

Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

All photos by Aaron Champion

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