Who is Steve Cuiffo?
STEVE CUIFFO is a theater artist and illusion designer whose work includes: A Simulacrum with Lucas Hnath (Atlantic Theater); Elephant Room (CTG); Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place (Playwrights Horizons) and A Public Reading...About The Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep.); Geoff Sobelle’s Home and The Object Lesson (BAM); Thaddeus Phillips’ Zoo Motel and Zoo Mundo; Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life In the Universe (CTG); Antipodes, Old Hats (Signature Theatre); Lypsinka’s The Passion of the Crawford; Lenny Bruce at Carnegie Hall (St. Ann’s); Magic Consultant for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 4); Magic Director for David Blaine Live. Wooster Group associate. Co-Founder of Secret Arts.
As a THEATER ARTIST, Steve creates new works of performance through collaboration and experimentation, rather than using traditional scripts or pre-existing material. It’s a creative process in which the performers, director, and other members of the creative team work together to develop a new piece of theater, often starting with a loose concept or theme and improvising, rehearsing, and refining the work over time.
As a MAGIC CONSULTANT and ILLUSION DESIGNER, Steve advises on the use of magic and illusions in theater, film, and television productions. Steve helps to develop the concept for a magic trick or illusion, create a detailed plan for how the trick will be constructed and performed, and provide guidance on how to make the trick look as convincing as possible on stage or screen. He works with the director, actors, and other members of the production team to create realistic and impressive magic effects that help to tell the story and enhance the overall production.
As a CLOSE UP MAGICIAN, Steve specializes in card magic and sleight of hand. He performs a wide variety of effects, such as making selected cards appear, disappear, transpose and transform. Over the years, Steve has honed his own unique routines and style, and incorporates storytelling and humor into his performances. Steve can be booked to perform these effects at private parties and special events.
In addition to consulting services, Secret Arts also offers online and in-person WORKSHOPS and CLASSES for those looking to learn the secrets of magic and theater. Steve will personally lead these classes, sharing his knowledge and experience with students of all levels.