Performer

“What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.”
Theodore Roethke

Stuart Nolan has travelled the world exploring and performing the IMPOSSIBLE.

His performances combine traditional disciplines of deception – conjuring, psychological illusion, memory feats, hypnosis, sideshow tradition – with bespoke technology and original investigations into how we are deceived by language, physical gesture, and technology. He once deceived over 700 organisations just to prove a point.

His Friendly Mindreading Robots developed as Magician in Residence at Pervasive Media Studio, were featured in the BBC Click Christmas Special, The Guardian, and US Wired’s Connectivity 2.0. Cognition, a performance of Fortune Telling Robotics was created as part of the Being There project.

Stuart has created tailor-made performances for many settings, from the secretive Food + Awe salon, gathering in the private room of a exclusive London club, to the stage of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. From the conference rooms of Manchester’s cool and frosted Urbis to London’s dignified and commodious Conway Hall. From the minuscule magic bars of Tokyo to the vertiginous top floor of Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers.

He recently performed the world’s first simultaneous impossibility for two separate audiences in Bristol and Manchester, an event that was live streamed to 1400 screens in 46 countries.

Stuart’s incredible gallery show, Season of Sleeps, premiered in the Swiss Consulate at the 2015 Venice Biennale.