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A different kind of card trick using a hole punch, a blank playing card and a bit of magic. As performed live.
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An impossible, but convenient scenario.
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One of the most intriguing illusions performed by Criss Angel is his famous ‘Walking through Glass’ effect. While there are many methods which can make this possible, his unique presentation is quite effective.

On our recent Destination Creation field trip to Vegas, I had the opportunity to attempt a similar effect in the master’s own domain. As evident in the following presentation, Criss won this round.
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The oldest of the performance arts, magic and illusion, seems to be once again gaining popularity. It’s refreshing to see that in a world full of technological wonder, where many of us take the science behind our conveniences for granted, we are still entertained by magic.
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While most optical illusions are inherently flat, two dimensional images, they often create three dimensional visual effects. When translating illusions to three dimensions, most illusionary structures are limited to a single or narrow viewpoint to be effective.

The following is a sculpture that provides two images of two distinct objects, through a single form.

We presented a video of this shadow sculpture in the past, using it as a tool to present a visual riddle.
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Much of my artwork you see at DC may involve illusion, but is not considered magic, since their creative process is apparent in most cases, ie. digital manipulation, obvious optical devices, etc. However, their relation to magic is closer than you may think. When creating realistic visual art depicting the impossible, the aim is similar to that of magic, only differing in its delivery and presentation.

Magic is an art that requires the same research, dedication and discipline as any other. When performed with the intent to entertain, performance magic becomes an art of illusion, tying in scientific principles and psychology with artistic presentation and choreography. The secrets behind performance magic have been used for many purposes other than to entertain. Such instances include people who claim to have psychic powers for monetary gain, using the art as a tool for deception. Because of this, many have grown to be skeptical of the art, even though the artist, to which they are directing their skepticism, may not have even claimed special powers.
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