Review of Hiding in The Shadows by Chris Stolz

Review of Hiding in The Shadows by Chris Stolz

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Chris Stolz has written an important treatise on the subject of black art illusions and methodology that should be studied by magicians & illusionists of all levels. “Hiding in The Shadows” serves as a neo-classical progression from Gary Darwin’s “Inexpensive Illusions” and Don Drake’s “Black Art Breakthroughs”.

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Not since S. H. Sharpe’s “Conjuror’s Optical Secrets” has there been such a technical discussion on lighting theory for illusion performance. Chris also shares several lighting set-ups that are very clear with the aid of diagrams. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book.

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Of course, no illusion book will be complete without illusion methods and plans. Chris details 10 illusions, all that use Black Art in different ways; some as a direct method and some in subtle ways to achieve greater deceptive results.

Note, there are no in-depth explanations of building methods or construction plans. But, there is more than enough diagrams and dimensions (to be used as a guide) for an experienced builder or illusionist to put the actual props together.

I particularly like “Light the Way” which I think will look surreal on the right proscenium stage. “Clear Passage” is a practical (except maybe for the size) walking through pane of glass effect with a surprise twist. And, “Scatter Box” is a clear production box that uses the BA in a subtle way.

Highly recommended for anyone interested to study or perform Black Art illusions. “Hiding in The Shadows” is available direct from Chris HERE.

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