Beyond Belief: Escape to Survival

Beyond Belief: Escape to Survival

Photo by Alina Oswald


Past Event

Location Info:

Classical Theatre Company
4617 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX  77006
Don’t call Daniel Bauer an illusionist. “The ‘i’ word is a horrible word; I never use it. What I do is I’m a magician, an escape artist and a mind reader.” Bauer, who fancies himself a modern-day Harry Houdini, has been pursuing the craft of magic since his youth, when he was known as Dan the Magic Man of Poughkeepsie. He tried teaching high school (his parents insisted he fetch a “practical job”), but the limelight beckoned. “I sacrificed everything to move down to the city and become the new ‘it’ boy of magic,” says Bauer. Everything was a go until Bauer got the news that would rock his life: He’d been diagnosed with HIV, a fact Bauer tackles head-on in his act, Beyond Belief: Escape to Survival. He says that it’s really the story of his life, beginning with his very first escape, from his mother’s womb, and on into the dark days when he lost it all. “But magic was my safe haven. It’s [what] I keep going back to.”

8 p.m. December 9 and 10; 2 and 7:30 p.m. December 11. Classical Theatre Company, 4617 Montrose. For information, visit $30.

[Organizer's description:]

Daniel Bauer, the magician and escape artist who currently holds the official title “Successor to Harry Houdini,” is bringing his one-of-a-kind off-Broadway show to Houston for a limited engagement. “Beyond Belief: Escape to Survival” is a 90-minute emotionally charged, life-changing experience that is based on the true story of Daniel Bauer. The story takes you on a mind-blowing journey of life from his appointment as Houdini’s Successor to how his entire love for magic and escape and his dreams were pulled right out from underneath him after he was diagnosed with HIV. The experience is intense, heart-breaking and soul-lifting all at the same time.

Stories of loss, survival and triumph are creatively weaved through the arts of magic, mind-reading and death-defying escape. Everything you thought you knew about conquering life, never losing hope and going after dreams will come to life. The show promises that you will not be the same person when you leave as when you arrived!

“Beyond Belief: Escape to Survival” will play one weekend only, Friday December 9 and Saturday December 10 at 8 PM, and two shows on Sunday December 11 at 2:30 PM and 7 PM. This magical experience will take place at Classical Theatre, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Tickets are available at


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >