The Science of Magic

This week I received copies of the finished Illusionology book, soon to be
published by Templar in the Spring.
It has one of the most lavish covers I’ve ever been involved in, with 3D
animation, jewels, embossing and foiling – every trick known to man (and
printers). Look out for it in the shops and be awed (or horrified, if you
are not given to excess).
I was responsible for a good number of interior illustrations – here’s my
favourite, the disappearing moth woman. As revealed in the photographs, the
spreads are packed with pull-out tricks and things, as well as other
pictures by Levi Pinfold and Tomislav Tomic.
Despite the Steampunky cover, the book concerns real-life magicians and the
art of illusion, particularly the late Victorian period and early 20th
century.

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3 Replies to “The Science of Magic”

  1. David, I can’t wait to get a copy of this book. The piece above is just gorgeous! The figure, the lighting, the vivid (but definitely not gaudy) colors and the subtle mist effects are all handled masterfully. That illustration is a knockout.

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