Thursday, September 21, 2023

Stage illusions

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

The Apparition

"Aimee" the human fly

Position occupied by the sword blade in the body

Man in a bottle

1 comment:

Pop said...

These are fascinating. I wish I could see more of how some of the illusions were set up. The sword swallower diagram was quite unsettling!