Open your eyes and ears to the world of illusion and enchantment in this new digital concert blending two captivating art forms.

Musicians and magicians may use different tools to create their art, but for both, the goal is to delight, spark our imaginations, and create startling moments of intense emotion. Inspired by his lifelong fascination with magicians, Tafelmusik oboist and visual artist Marco Cera has conjured up Music & Magic, a mesmerizing new digital program for all ages featuring the award-winning magician Nicholas Wallace.

Music & Magic delves into the world of 18th-century English conjurer Isaac Fawkes, a contemporary of Handel. The first magician to take his act from the streets of London to the stage, Fawkes performed before King George II at the Haymarket Theatre — the same venue where Handel presented his operas for royalty and the public alike.

This film combines magic vignettes with music by Bach, Handel, and Purcell, along with a performance of Spring from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

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Running Time
About 60 minutes
Style of Music
Baroque, Multimedia

Online Concert Hall

October 28, 2021 8:00 pm

Nicholas Wallace


A master of subtle illusion and manipulation, Nicholas has appeared on season 14 of America’s Got Talent, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, as well as FOXtv’s Houdini & Doyle’s World of Wonders. He has been named the Canadian Champion of Magic by the Canadian Association of Magicians and is the 2018 recipient of the Allan Slaight Award for Canadian Rising Star.

​Nicholas can best be described as a minimalist who has forgone fancy props and special effects, preferring to conjure an audience’s imagination by presenting magic and mind-reading in a way that is both entertaining and thought provoking.


Conceived & programmed by Marco Cera
Scripted by Marco Cera & Nicholas Wallace
Stage direction by Ryan Joyce

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Directed by Elisa Citterio

Nicholas Wallace magician
Quinten Melo contortionist


Henry Purcell Excerpts from The Fairy Queen

Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for violin in E Major: Spring (from The Four Seasons)

George Frideric Handel Aria “What passion cannot music raise or quell” from Ode for St Cecilia’s Day (arranged)

Johann Sebastian Bach Andante, from Sonata for solo violin in A Minor

G.F. Handel Overtures to Flavio & Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day

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In this blog post, learn more about the magician behind this concert, Nicholas Wallace.

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Antonio Vivaldi

George Frideric Handel


The Four Seasons