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An Immersive magic experience


An expert returns to Los Angeles.

"Borrowed Time" - An immersive evening of magic with one of the most

unique close-up artists in the world. 

For the first time, since starring in his critically acclaimed two-man show "Nothing to Hide", Helder Guimarães is debuting a limited engagement magic experience unlike anything that's been seen before. Merging art, theater and Helder's sleight of hand virtuosity in a secret location, "Borrowed Time" promises to transport its very intimate audience to a space where anything is possible and magic is real.



Borrowed Time


Written, Created, Directed and Magic by Helder Guimarães

Creative Director / Catarina Marques

Music / Pedro Marques

Technical Director / Jose De La Torre III

Host / David Antonio

Ghost Artist / David Spafford

Executive Producers / David Lara & Liseth De La Torre

Producers / Helder Guimaraes, Catarina Marques, Liseth De La Torre, David Lara,

James Lara, Alex Ortiz, Joyce Lara, Tatiana Malcomson & Phil Malcomson

Special Thanks / Will Houstoun, Philipp Tawfik, Tânia Dinis, Jorge Quintela, Max Mednik, Thom Denick, Robert Lara, Luis Pedro Cardoso & Brad Fulton




In 2006, at the age of 23, Helder Guimarães became the youngest ever World Champion of Card Magic. He was awarded the title after his performance in a triennial competition, which left both the judging panel and over a thousand other performers utterly baffled. Since then, using his background in acting and theater, he created and performed his one-man shows all over the world.

Helder has also worked as a magic consultant for several TV projects, including “The Tonight Show,” and for theatrical productions such as Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter” and William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Helder’s work has been widely recognized by his peers and described as “a thespian’s stage approach without theatrics” and “universally lauded, continuing the esteemed lineage.” Magic Magazine considered Helder “one of the brightest thinkers and performers of his generation.”

His appearances at the Magic Castle led him to be awarded the title of Parlour Magician of The Year in 2011 and 2012 by the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood. In 2012, he co-created a show called “Nothing to Hide” which opened at the Geffen Playhouse and was directed by Neil Patrick Harris. After critical acclaim, in 2013, the show was taken Off Broadway where it stayed for a very successful held-over run of 110 performances.

Helder was one of the invited guests for the prestigious TED Conference in 2014. According to TED, Helder is recognized by “his elegantly thought-through performances, which merge a nuanced stagecraft with good old how-does-he-do-it sleight of hand… silently plotting to blow your mind with invisible technique, unorthodox psychology and fresh humor.”

His professional activity is divided between this artistic, performance-based component and an educational one. Helder also travels around the world as an instructor/consultant offering training based on his experience in the manipulation of perceptions to help companies in areas such as communication and marketing.

He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.



 "Borrowed Time will leave you astonished" - LA TIMES Critic's Choice (read full article)

"A Mind-Blowing Magic Show" - LA WEEKLY (read full article)

"Open your mind to a hidden world" - LA MAGAZINE (read full article)

press from PAST works


"Captivating! Dazzling! Wondrous!" The New York Times

"Clever! Surprising! Incredible!" - Entertainment Weekly

"Remarkable! Skillful! Masterful!" - Time Out

"Gasp again and again." - Variety

An amazing and memorable journey into a world of pure astonishment.” - Broadway World

“Helder's sleight of hand boggles the mind!” - Huffington Post

“Wowing the crowd with card tricks that tell a story.” - TED2014

At the risk of contributing to the world's surplus of overstatement, let me leave it at this: If you think it's possible to have your mind blown, buy a ticket — and strap a plastic bag to the back of your head. This is as good as card-magic gets.” - Village Voice

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