Magic Show demonstrates how visual artists adopt the perception-shifting tactics of the theatrical magician to explore questions of creative agency, the power of suggestion, and the fragility of belief. Artists, like magicians, manipulate and mystify not simply for entertainment, but to redress fundamental relationships within the social, political or cultural realm.
This richly illustrated book, with over 100 colour reproductions, contains essays that elaborate on the intersections between art and magic by Jonathan Allen and Sally O'Reilly, as well as texts on each of the 24 featured artists. It also contains new writing on arcane images and esoteric ideas from the cultural history of magic by Simon During, Brigitte Felderer, Peter Lamont, Pierre Taillefer, Helen Varola and Marina Warner; a fold-out collation of texts and images exploring the dynamics of magic, art and power; and an illustrated selection of curious props and off-beat ephemera from the world of theatrical magic.
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Adrian Searle Annely Juda Ansuman Biswas appear archive audience belief Biswas & Jem Blackpool Brian Catling Brian Griffiths Brigitte Felderer Bruce Nauman Center for Tactical century Christian Jankowski Courtesy the artist cultural curator cursed Derren Brown Dimensions variable Duchamp effect entertainment exhibition fiction figure Fundacio Joan Brossa Gallery Gusmao & Pedro Ian Saville illusion illusionist imagery installation Jay Ose Jem Finer Joan Brossa Joao Maria Gusmao Jonathan Allen Collection Juan Munoz Kalanag Karl Levitating London magi Magic Circle Museum Magic Show magic trick Mike Caveney Modern Enchantments object paint Paul Kieve Paul Kieve Collection pebbles performance Peter Lamont Peter Lane playing cards political prop Rick Buckley Scott Penrose seconds Courtesy secular magic secular magician Sinta Werner spectacle stage magician supernatural Suzanne Treister Tactical Magic theatre theatrical magic theatrical magician tions tour transformation Unknown poster artist Untitled viewer visual wand Yves Klein