ZaPPaloTT’s Revolution.

A System-Critical Intermezzo.

Mann von hinten mit Megaphon im Nebel

As a child, he performs magic tricks at family gatherings. Then he becomes a primary school teacher. He plans to marry a nice woman, have children. A completely normal life. But his life takes a different turn. After overcoming depression, mania, compulsory hospitalization and the suicide of his brother, Christian Perleth is back on stage – as magician ZaPPaloTT. On stage he sets in scene his experiences and tells stories about a system that almost destroyed him.

The portrait lets him tell his story and makes the inner struggle of the protagonist audible. A story about breakdown and escape, about the courage to be different and to find one’s own way.

text / sound / directing

Carina Pesch

commissioning editor

Fabian Elsäßer


Christian Perleth, Siri


Michael Stegerwald, JK


SWR 2015

rebroadcasted 20th February 2020 3:05 p.m. on SWR2 Leben.

rebroadcasted 5th September 2015 9:04 a.m. on rbb Kulturradio and mdr Kultur.

presented 21st May 2015 9:45 a.m. during the 41. International Feature Conference in Lublin, Poland.

Original broadcast 12th January 2015 on SWR2 Tandem, under the title: Zusammenbruch.Ausbruch. Der Weg eines Zauberers.