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David Hirata Weaves Magic And History In A Play About A Japanese Magician

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David Allen
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David Hirata tells the story of a Japanese magician from the 1800's in "A Without A Bottom: Soko-nashi Bako."

Magician Namigoro Sumidagawa brought Japanese magic shows to America in 1866, making the artform popular. Then western magicians appropriated his act. Actor David Hirata tells this story through monologue and magic in "A Box Without a Bottom: Soko-Nashi Bako."

"He looked liked me and he helped blaze the trail for Japanese Americans."

David Hirata’s solo show "A Box Without a Bottom: Soko-Nashi Bako" is running at the Marsh in Berkeley until Dec. 1, 2019.