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Cameron
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Yes, Yes, I know Don Drake... But I was wondering if there are any other resources or at the least Historical type documents about black art shows. I love the consept and I'd like to read more.
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Well, there are a couple of early references. Hopkins Magic,Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions has a section on pp. 64 ff. that describes some of the basic techniques. However, he mistakenly credits the "Yogi of India" with its discovery. Illustrated Magic has a more detailed history of it on pp 169 ff. that credits its discovery to Max Auzinger, a theatrical director from Berlin, who discovered it completely by accident. He later performed as Ben Ali Bey.

Gogia Pasha was one of the premiere performers of black art, and his son has taken over the show since his death.

Unfortunately, it has become fashionable to expose the method after the show in some of the troupes that are currently performing. I believe this reflects a desire of the troupe to have personal recognition for their individual contributions to the performance.
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Cameron
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Ahh thank you Bill I'll look into that. I was wondering if somoene could possably point me in the direction of some websights or something devoted to black art shows Id like to see an actual preformance or something if I could. =)
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Watch Omar Pasha on the Lance Burton DVD.
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There is also the Black Light Theatre of Prague. They are starting up a US tour this Spring. I don't know where the tour will take them or when.
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On 2005-02-10 03:13, Bill Palmer wrote:

Gogia Pasha was one of the premiere performers of black art, and his son has taken over the show since his death.

Hi Bill,

Did Gogia Pasha do a BA show? The limited reading I have done on him does not mention this.

I have seen Omar Pasha's show which is fab. Now toured by Ernest and Michelle Ostrowsky who bought it lock, stock & barrel from Hilde Berscheid in 1974 after the death of her husband Willy (whose father created Omar Pasha over 100 years ago).

Any sources of info on Gogia Pasha would be appreciated.
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Actually, I was somewhat confused about the relationship between Gogia Pasha and Omar Pasha. They were completely unrelated.

However, the Omar Pasha act, per se, according to their own web site, was not created until 1960. Willi Berscheid did a black art act in white evening attire for a while. The Omar Pasha act was really the best of the black art acts.

There is another act touring right now called "Luma," produced by Michael Marlin. Mike is a very talented juggler. He dismisses the value of the mystery of the black art aspect of the show and exposes it at the end when the cast comes out and meets the people in the foyer of the theatre as the show lets out. I don't think this adds to the performance one bit. It is simply a way of stroking the jugglers' egos.
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Just buy some triple black velvet and a sewing machine go to town. Black art is so great because the possibilities are endless.
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Bill, are there patents or a more formal name for this stuff? I recall a term ...something about "contrast reduction" in a book somewhere.
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You know around here (Hollywood) we see the "black art" principle almost daily as the LIMO's drive around with bright lights on the strips between the vehicle's windows.
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Ger Cooper in Holland has a black art act that has appeared on the French caberet tv show. He also performed it at the last FISM in 2003. I'd personally love to see more of his work.

Here's a link to a site for him:
http://www.picobello.to/ger_cooper_casin......laar.htm

I think Gary Darwin's book, Inexpensive Illusions deals with a lot of black art effects.

Also, check out this link.. it's a pretty creative cutting in half illusion..
http://www.wizardrecordings.com/bestmovie/bestmovie.mov

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Cool video! this is classic stuff.....
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Cameron:

Since you are familiar with Don Drake's Black Art Breakthroughs another good Black Art book to take a look at would be the one that Irish_matt also suggested, Darwin's Inexpensive Illusions by Lance Burton.
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There is a troupe of mentally and developmentally challenged folks who perform a black light black art act. I think they were from Toronto but I may be confusing that with another act.

They were called the ------ People.

They were featured on an episode of Seventh Heaven.
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Don Drake has recently applied for a patent of some of his original black art work.
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On 2005-03-16 02:07, Bill Palmer wrote:

There is another act touring right now called "Luma," produced by Michael Marlin. Mike is a very talented juggler. He dismisses the value of the mystery of the black art aspect of the show and exposes it at the end when the cast comes out and meets the people in the foyer of the theatre as the show lets out. I don't think this adds to the performance one bit. It is simply a way of stroking the jugglers' egos.


So that is what happened to Michael Marlin. I always wondered. He bought up some land in Hawaii, set up some sort of performer's complex and I never heard from him since. I googled him a few years ago, but found little. He is a fantastically funny and talented juggler. It is a real shame to hear that he is exposing the methodology of his black art after the show. His level of talent stands on its own merit without stooping to exposure.
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Jim Steinmeyer's Chung Ling Soo bio has some interesting info on the history of Black Art. I was especially intrigued by the "dazzler" concept.

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Jim Steinmeyer's Chung Ling Soo bio has some interesting info on the history of Black Art. I was especially intrigued by the "dazzler" concept.

Jack Shalom

I am not familiar with the dazzler concept and I do not have Jim's book. Can you pm me with the details?


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Thank you Silverking, for the PM information re: dazzler effect. Great details!
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Lucy and I are building a new rehearsal studio at the Clanton ranch. The contractor has real problems with why so much flat black paint is used on stage.

It must be a secret!

We hope other magicians shoot their DVDs there. It should be completely finished in November. Come take a look.

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Is Don Drake still alive, and if not, is anyone handling his products? I have emailed several times but get no answers. I am really interested in his books and also wanted a full-stage set up.
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