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We are excited to invite you to the premiere of “The Trick” – an extraordinary performance created by the winners of the Polish Incident contest for the original circus show, presented under the auspices of Carnaval Sztukmistrzow. The performance will be accompanied by a panel discussion on street performances. Speakers will include dr hab. Magdalena Szubielska from the Department of Psychology at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and Dr Marta Połec from the Department of Management, Kozminski University.


Panel on street performances

Our discussion will focus on the results of the research and the phenomenon of street performances. We will be joined by two researchers – Dr Hab Magdalena Szubielska from the Department of Psychology at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, who will discuss the psychological aspects of interpreting street art, and Dr Marta Połec from the Department of Management at Kozminski University, who will discuss topics pertaining to the management of urban spaces in the context of street performances. Lublin’s Carnaval Sztukmistrzow was one of the areas of observation for both researchers.

Afterwards, join us at Pub U Szewca on Grodzka Street 18 for the premiere of “The Trick”. Presented under the patronage of the Carnaval Sztukmistrzow festival, the show by Wojciech Rotowski and Roman Slomka is the grand prize winner of the Polish Incident competition.

When: Dec 2, 2022, 17.00
Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 5a, auditorium, 2nd floor
Free admission


Dr Marta Połec – Ph.D in social sciences in the field of management and quality. Since 2012, she has been researching street performances. As the moment, she is leading an ethnographic research project that focuses on the organisation of street festivals. She is a member of the international research group Street Music Research Unit. Additionally, she has published numerous publications in the field of performative art in urban settings. As a result of her outstanding accomplishments, Marta received a scholarship from the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education, and a scholarship from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Her interests include humanistic management, informal organization, and entrepreneurship in the cultural sector.

Dr hab. Magdalena Szubielska is a specialist in cognitive psychology, empirical aesthetics, and experimental studies. She is the head of the Department of Experimental Psychology and Perception and Cognition Lab at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.  She is interested in the psychological aspects of the perception of visual arts (especially contemporary art), neuroscience and the reception of aesthetic stimuli in public spaces (street art, busking). She collaborates with cultural institutions by addressing issues such as audience education and making art accessible to a wide range of audiences (for example, people with visual disabilities).

The panel will conclude with Maric Ex Styczyński’s spectacular fire breathing show in po Farze Square.

Marcin Ex Styczński is an artist and street performer with over 15 years of experience. His most famous show is the “Fire Breathing Show”, which he has presented in its current form for eight years. It’s been performed at most large street festivals in Poland (including Carnaval Sztukmistrzów, Feta, OFCA, Busker Bus) and around the world (Fringe Edinburgh, Fringe Adelaide, Busker Wien).  It took 6 years to get the final form. In addition to performing, he promotes street and circus art in Poland. An active member of the circus and street arts community. Over the years, he has supported and worked on many circus


The premiere of “The Trick”| Grand Prix of  The Polish Incident contest

In their debut performance, the illusionist duo reveal the secrets of illusionists and show how often we are manipulated in everyday life. “The Trick” is an unprecedented form of performance, combining illusions, stand-up, dance, movement, circus arts, and live music. The artists show how illusionists have used illusions for centuries. To what extent is the trick created by the illusionists and to what extent does it happen in the minds of the audience? Exposing tricks can be useful in many different situations, not just when you are watching an illusionist’s show. By understanding how they work, we may be able to protect ourselves from the manipulative traps that await us every day. How can we avoid falling into these traps? Watch “The Trick” to find the answer.

Direction and performance: Wojciech Rotowski & Roman Słomka

The show received the grand prize in the Polish Incident competition for the most creative circus show presented under the auspices of the Carnaval Sztukmistrzow festival.

Preview: “The Trick” | Grand-Prix of the Polish Incident (50’)
When: Dec 1 , 2022, 19.00
Where: “U Szewca”,Grodzka Street 18 – concert hall
Free admission

Premiere: “The Trick” | Grand-Prix of Polish Incident (50’)
When: Dec 2 , 2022, 19.00
Where: “U Szewca”, Grodzka Street 18 – concert hall
Free admission