Mr. Gray…or may I call you Dorian…

“I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June. . . . If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that—for that—I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!”


Hmm, difficult prop to make in a birthday month…….. my props….

I’ve been generating the drawings/props for my soon to be deployed “illusions” and I have to say it’s a kick. There is something so liberating about whipping out these drawings knowing that they’ll be utilized for something bigger. Low-budget realities aside, charcoal and white-faced cardboard is fantastic.

Here are a couple of wall shots of an assortment of bottles (somebody once said draw what you know…) and a collection of other legerdemain players.



The next set is complete and it’s time to start gathering up tricks (so to speak). 

I’ve been jotting down illusions and “ta da” moments I want to create and here are a few that are scribbled on my wall:

apple to skull

giant stone/Atlas moment

ectoplasm puppet

rabbit from a bottle

hypnotic spiral

horse balancing on cup

floating brick

bell toll

rapid fire transformations

noose and flower

flowering log/disappearance

water pour/thunder

shadow dance

(if nothing else they’re all good band names…)

I’m excited about taking the diorama beyond just the visual effect/gimmick and actually creating performative actions that can be dependent on the artifice and character of the staged moment. 

Here’s a small test video I shot Sunday to check lighting, framing and spatial illusion. It’s pretty close.