Magic Art

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Stay tuned for more pictures, digital and otherwise, from my oeuvre and for bits on magic and other magicians in the arts.

While Annabel de Vetten has turned her artistic ambitions towards edible art recently, her limited edition of portraits of some famous magicians (including Harry Houdini, Channing Pollock and Eugene Burger) will remain treasured collector’s items.

The finest book on magic in art and art in magic I know is The Art of Deception by Chuck Romano. It is available in PDF format over at

A good starting point can also be found in the September 2007 issue of MAGIC magazine which featured a ten-page article (with many pictues) by Alan Howard on “The Art of Magic Art”.

Cardist Roberto Giobbi was featured on the cover of Genii magazine in November 2009 with a very special portrait created by Ken Knowlton who used pieces of Giobbi’s book covers to recreate a photography by Zakary Belamy. Take a look at it here.

Arguably, Derren Brown is not only today’s best mentalist and TV magician on our planet, he is also a talented painter, as you can see here. He even published a book called Portraits in 2009, featuring many of his early caricatures of actors and other famous people.

If you want to trace the time-honored cups & balls through graphic art history, you cannot go without these two books: Kurt Volkmann‘s The Oldest Deception (translated into English by Henry Hay) and Bob Read‘s The Oldest Trick in the Book, published by Volker Huber.

Fabrini from the magic duo “Vic and Fabrini” has an impressive portfolio of art which is both fabulous and edgy. Enjoy it on his website or at this special tribute page over at Nielsen Magic.

Wittus Witt, professional magician and publisher/editor of the German magazine magische welt, also runs a gallery in Hamburg in which he features exhibitions on magic & art.

A very special art book I came across on Google Books only recently is The Magic Show in 52 Linocuts by Kreg Yingst. Check out his original and funny artwork!

Steve Cohen organized a tribute to Chan Canasta and presented a huge collection of Canasta’s dreamlike paintings at a one-time event at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

In a Genii issue I just noticed some interesting artwork on the cover of Daryl‘s DVD series, Master Course, which you can check out here.

Fans of Ricky Jay will find a three-dimensional portrait of him made out of playing cards (which were apparently thrown into a wall) at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. It was created by artist Glenn Kaino.

Thomas Cameron is not only a talented young artist, but also a grandson of Roy Walton. His armchair portrait of this living legend of card magic was recently displayed at The Sutton Gallery in Edinburgh and sold immediately.

Marvelli (Olof Becher, 1932-2008, the leading German illusionist of his time) was once portrayed in a painting by Hanjo Schnug. He is surrounded by famous characters from the world of drama and magic, like Mephisto and Faust, Till Eulenspiegel and The Death. You can see it here.

Here are three great caricatures of the even greater Juan Tamariz: No. 1 by Joan Vizcarra, No. 2 by Pablo Morante, and No. 3 by Ian Baker.

Another talented caricaturist is Juan Luis Rubiales. You can find many great magicians’ portraits here and here. Thank you to Jack Shalom for pointing me into this direction in the accompanying thread to this collection over at the Genii Forum!

At the same time Joe Pecore has thankfully pointed out Dean Alan Carnegie to me, who presents a huge collection of magic paintings on his website.

Another fine artist worth mentioning is Pierre Mayer from France who creates wonderful wooden mechanical magic illusions. Marvel at them here.

Comedian and comedy magician Tommy Cooper (1921-1984) is among the few who has been honored for his achievements with a larger-than-life statue. This one stands 9 feet high and is located in his hometown Caerphilly in Wales.

Young magician and inventor Kevin Schaller is also a painter. You can see some of his work here.

Photographer Robert Sebree has explored the strange aesthetics of Houdini’s Water Torture Cell.

Jon Allen, well-known for tricks like “Silent Treatment”, is also an accomplished fine artist (under his full name, Jonathan Allen). Some of his works put magic motifs into political or historical contexts, thus creating bewildering contrast. Check out his pieces “Tragic Magic” and “Untitled Playing Card”!

Speaking of playing cards, you should see what characters and animals Shanghai-born artist Tango Gao draws around those unassuming red and black pips! He also runs a great Instagram account named tangosleepless.

Tommervik combines elements of cubism, art deco and avant-garde in his oil paintings. One of his more recents pieces is called “Magician Pulling Rabbit out of Hat”. The rabbit does not look happy.

(to be continued)

The Magic of Nature

A selection from my works, unrelated yet somehow also magical.