Produced by Cahoots NI

From Belfast, Northern Ireland

About the Company

Prepare to be amazed, dazzled and bewildered by this spectacular show where math, theatre and digital technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance proving that understanding math can be fun! 


Meet Danny Carmo –  it’s not so long ago that he thought school and, in particular, math wasn’t for him. He was more interested in dreaming about a future on the stage and perhaps the big screen – all he ever wanted to be was a famous magician. But when he knuckled down to learn all the tricks of the trade he realized that math was not only essential… it was the SECRET to a whole load of magic.


A revised production of Cahoots NI’s popular spring 2017 Lights! Camera! Math! tour, featuring the same thrilling tricks with a new large-scale digital screen. 


“The pupils were mesmerized. Not only do they want to know how to do the magic tricks, they want to know how the maths works. Success! A fantastic addition to the school’s maths programme.”  3rd Grade School Teacher

Cahoots NI is also touring in 2018-2019 with Shh! We Have a Plan and Nivelli's War.

Past productions:  Shh! We Have a PlanEgg and Lights! Camera! Math!

Best for Grades: 2nd-6th

Audience Size: Medium to Large Venues

Danny Carmo's Mathematical Mysteries - promo video.
Please contact us to watch an archival full length recording.

Archival promo video from Lights! Camera! Math!



Company Background

Past Tours: Shh! We Have a PlanEgg and Lights! Camera! Math!

Cahoots NI is at the forefront of Northern Irish theatre and is the leading professional theatre company producing work for children. 


Since beginning operations in November 2001, Cahoots NI has produced original, boldly innovative work for children, some staged in conventional theatre venues and some in purpose-designed sites or specific locations, including schools and healthcare settings. Its work concentrates on combining the visual potential of theatre with the age-old popularity of magic and illusion. 


For more information, please visit the company’s website: http://www.cahootsni.com


Artistic Team

Writer/Director: Paul Mc Eneaney

Musical Director: Garth McConaghie

Cast: Caolan McBride & Nicola McBride

Critical Acclaim


Lights! Camera! Math! was one of our favorite shows ever.  The children just loved it and we had a packed house… It was a great event and we had 969 children in attendance.  I do love this company.

- Lillian Harder, presenter - Robert Howell Brooks Center, Clemson, SC.

The pupils were mesmerized. Not only do they want to know how to do the magic tricks, they want to know how the maths works. Success! A fantastic addition to the school’s maths programme.”

- 3rd Grade School Teacher

Many of the activities consolidated work across this year, such as Magic Squares.  It has encouraged them to use their thinking skills in problem solving investigations.  It has made maths fun!

- St. Colmcilles School 3rd Grade Teacher

Pupils comments, ‘It was a nail-biting, heart pumping, feet stamping show’, ‘It was brilliant because it combined maths and magic and was really amazing.

- Harberton Special School 3rd Grade Teacher

The content was very relevant to the curriculum and great to see maths presented in such an innovative and exciting way.

- Harberton Special School 3rd Grade Teacher

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Gallery of Past Productions


Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts:  Performance, Magic

  • Language Arts and Literacy

  • Mathematics and Numeracy: estimation and calculation, multiplication, division, subtraction, addition, and probability

  • Character Building: Personal Development, Problem Solving, and Mutual Understanding


Sample Study Guides

A printed Danny Carmo booklet will be provided to every student in the audience after each performance.

An electronic version is available here.


The company has created an electronic Teacher's Guide to accompany the booklet.


Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 4 hours

  • Crew Needs:  2 crew members

  • Min. Stage Size:  27’w x 27’d x 16’ h (can be adapted slightly for both smaller and larger spaces)

  • Sound Needs: All sound is on Mac Q Lab with 2 speakers for front and 2 placed behind audience for surround sound effect. Our ASM operates from behind blacks USC

  • Load Out Time: 1-2 hours


Outreach and Workshops

Mathematical MysteriesWorkshop

This fun and interactive workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn some spellbinding magic up close and personal with Cahoots NI’s very own Math-a-magician Danny Carmo. Learn the secrets behind the show and put your math to the test! Suitable for age 8 +


Workshop Facilitators: Caolan McBride and Nicola McBride-two of Northern Ireland’s leading professional magicians with 20 years of experience performing and teaching magic for stage and screen.

Maximum number of participants: 30

Duration : 1 hour

“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances

This performance is also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.

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