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Magicians David London and Francis Menotti have created a performance they’re calling “Cerebral Sorcery”: “mind-opening magical vignettes woven together with a brain twisting avant-garde story,” they say, where “magic comes face to face with philosophy, literature, art, emotions, and the truth.” Well, I can’t handle the truth. But the truth is, this sounds kinda fishy to me. I like the kind of magic you find in The Jerry Lewis Book of Tricks and Magic. You know, tricks involving matches. But really, Jerry’s big trick was making the real magician disappear. That would be James R. Blackman, the copyright holder. Though Jerry’s face is on the cover and he’s pictured on several inside pages, Mr. Blackman had to be content with a small acknowledgment that “this book owes its existence to the material of James R. Blackman.” All of that said, I think David and Francis actually do all their own tricks. See them tonight and Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $20. (301) 279-7454. (Dave Nuttycombe)