Magic & Illusion

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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” – Arthur C.Clarke’s Third Law, 1973

Many shows have special props or sequences that demand the highly specialised services of an illusion designer. 
Aladdin has a number of transformations and a stunning flying magic carpet effect.
Beauty and the Beast has an enchantress who shoots a fireball, a rose that drops petals on cue, a tea trolley carrying a small boy playing ‘Chip’ who appears to have no body, and a final transformation sequence where the Beast levitates and transforms in mid-air into a Prince. 
Matilda has a blackboard where chalk writing appears magically.
The Lord of the Rings had a number of vanishes. 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is so packed with illusions and effects, it’s incredible. 
In & Of Itself is a new show taking magic to a new level

Notable Illusions and Routines

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External Links

Associations

Academy of Magical Arts Magic Castle [Hollywood, CA, USA]
British Society of Mystery Entertainers Mentalists, psychic entertainers, bizarre magicians, allied mystics [UK]
Society of American Magicians (SAM) [USA]
The Magic Circle [UK]

Illusion Designers

Jim Steinmeyer [USA]
Paul Kieve - Illusions for Theatre [UK]
Scott Penrose Magician and Illusion Consultant [UK]
The Twins FX Illusions and Animatronics [UK]
The Twins FX Special Effects Hire Large scale illusions [UK]

Makers

Artem Props, Special Effects, Illusions, Set, Practicals, Pyrotechnics [UK]
Creating the Impossible Props, Scenery & Magical Illusions [UK]
PropDog Professional Props for Magicians [UK]
ShowFX / David Mendoza Props, Staging, Effects [CA, USA]
The Magic Wand Shop Hand-made magic / fantasy-related props and costume [Sheffield, UK]

Performers

Chris Peskett Close-Up Magic [UK]
Criss Angel
David Blaine
David Copperfield
Derren Brown
Duncan William Close-up magician & mind-reader [UK]
Dynamo [UK]
Ed Sumner Close-up Magic [UK]
Harry Houdini
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin
Kovari Magic
Lance Burton
Norvil & Josephine Christopher Howell [London, UK]
Paul Daniels
Penn & Teller
Richard Pinner [UK]
The Grey Man - Phillip Escoffey [UK]

Publications

Genii The Conjurors Magazine [USA]
Magic Magazine [USA]
Magic Week [UK]

Resources

All Magic Guide
Christopher Howell Magician Blog [London, UK]

Research

Guardian - Paul Kieve - Matilda the Musical & Hugo

Suppliers

Aaron Smith Magic Depot [USA]
Arjans Show-Biz Centre [UK]
Ellusionist Training and Supplies [USA]
International Magic [London, UK]
Practical Magic [UK]
The Magic Company [UK]
Top Secret Magic Sales [UK]