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"Walton is a charming mountebank, his parade of card tricks a delight, but it's the human touch that makes for a good show."


Esoterica is a one-man foray into the realms of philosophy and metaphysics as seen through the lens of magic and stage-craft. Armed with little more than a regulation deck of fifty-two playing cards, a razor-sharp wit, and a wealth of mostly useless knowledge, Eric deftly navigates such perennial philosophical questions as "Destiny vs Free Will," "What Is Perception?" and "Is This Your Card?"

Esoterica debuted at the 42nd Street Workshop in New York City in 2002 and enjoyed a seven-month Off-Broadway run at the DR2 Theatre in 2006, extending twice and garnering the praise of theater critics from The New York Times, Variety, The New York Post,, and Backstage East, among many others. 

In 2008, Esoterica was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the run sold out and received great critical acclaim. Other productions of Esoterica in the U.K. include presentations at the Brighton Fringe Festival in Brighton, England, and the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

Esoterica has also been presented at the Spiegeltent and at the River-to-River Festival in downtown Manhattan. 

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From the Edinburgh Fringe Festival production of Esoterica in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2008
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From the Off-Broadway production of Esoterica at the DR2 Theatre, New York City, 2006

"Esoterica is not just mind-blowing mentalism à la Marc Salem or nifty card-sharkery à la Ricky Jay or postmodern illusions à la Penn and Teller: it is a tour of all these domains and more...Esoterica is half con, half illusion, but it's almost always astonishing. And it's 100% pure theatrical magic."

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