Magic is an art form where you lie and tell people you are lying.
For Art Thursday, illustrations from Magic: Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions (1897), compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins. Thank you to the Public Domain Review for spotlighting these and drawing my attention!
The Invisible Woman
Illusion produced by a ride in the swing
"Aimee" the human fly
Position occupied by the sword blade in the body
Man in a bottle