Nothing on Earth (Can Hold Houdini)

Written & Directed by Randy Sharp

February 27 - April 5, 2014

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm
Additional performances on Monday, March 3; Wednesday, March 5, Wednesday, March 12 and Wednesday, April 2 at 8pm

Adults $40 Seniors/Students $30

Nothing on Earth, written and directed by Randy Sharp, examines Houdini's driven crusade to expose fraudulent mediums and his crossing paths with the avid spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Both men are catapulted to the center of The Scientific American Magazine contest to find the first-ever provable clairvoyant, a battle that destroyed their friendship and left Houdini to continue his search for a true psychic to contact his mother. He was not successful.

Axis Company has worked closely with William Kalush, Executive Director of the Conjuring Arts Research Center, Houdini scholar, and author of The Secret Life of Houdini, to re-create some of Houdini's most famous illusions and bring the audience on a journey to the strangest part of his life story.

Featuring: Spencer Aste, Brian Barnhart, David Crabb, George Demas, Brian Linden and Lynn Mancinelli

dramaturge/asst. director: Marc Palmieri
historical consultant: William Kalush
stage manager: Regina Betancourt
light designer: David Zeffren
assistant light designer: Amy Harper
sound designer: Steve Fontaine
costume designer: Karl Ruckdeschel
set design & lead carpentry: Chad Yarborough
lighting programmer: Kyle Theed
sound technician: Edward Terhune
set crew/lead painter: Alicia Adams
set crew/painter: Jaclyn McCarthey
set carpenter: Mikey Bajor
set crew: Margo Murphy-Gross, Oscar Krol
prop design/construction: Lynn Mancinelli
website & graphic designer: Ethan Crenson
publicity/PR: Blake Zidell & Assoc.
photographer: Dixie Sheridan
house manager: Erik Savage
box office manager: Stephanie Regina

Artistic Director - Randy Sharp
Producing Director - Brian Barnhart
Executive Producer - Jeffrey Resnick

William Kalush and the Conjuring Arts Research Center; John Cox,; TDF Costume Collection; Phil Mortillaro, Greenwich Locksmiths; Maria Hoffmann; Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing; Roger Dryer, Fantasma Magic Shop

Available for Purchase
The Secret Life of HoudiniThe Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush & Larry Sloman

This production was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

  • George Demas, David Crabb, Brian Linden - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • George Demas - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Brian Linden, George Demas, David Crabb, Brian Barnhart - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • David Crabb, George Demas, Brian Linden, Spencer Aste - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • George Demas, Brian Barnhart, Lynn Mancinelli, David Crabb, Spencer Aste - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Spencer Aste, Brian Barnhart, David Crabb, George Demas, Lynn Mancinelli  - photo by Dixie Sheridan

““…complex…a mesmerizing stage picture that feels like a portal to the present.”
The New York Times
“'Nothing on Earth' is an evocative, entertaining, impressionistic view of spiritual debunking through the eyes of one of paranormal’s most ardent adherents – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes), and one of its most determined debunkers – escape artist/magician Harry Houdini… acting is excellent across the board…production values are absolutely terrific…”
—Woman Around Town
“...this acting company works at a polished level. I look forward to returning often to this hidden jewel of a theater in the West Village.”
—The White Rhino Report
“…fascinating…amusing and moving…'Nothing on Earth' has a great deal to say about the our built-in awe of death and our need for understanding its attendant discord and the lengths to which we still go to gain some sort of comfort.”
—Theater Pizzazz
“…authentic…dynamic characters… beautifully evocative of a gaslight era… stunning…”
—NY Theater Now