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THE ILLUSION

Written by Peter L. Bass

The art of illusion or what they say is magic, it is the art of astonishment and or the art of fascination. The basis of the magic or illusion is to amaze and astound the spectators or the audience and force them to think twice and that what they saw is either real or just merely deceiving. We all taught by our grade school teachers that matter cannot be created nor destroyed yet it is done by what they so-called magicians before our very own eyes, making magic a viable form of art. Just as actors and actresses create emotions that gains audience, so too can a magician.

Art defines what is real in society even when that art is a lie or an illusion. Illusions twist the concrete and open windows of potential. A powerful enough illusion can shatter monotony and create new experiences. According to a most respected magician named Paul Harris, he elaborated the concept in his book where he said “…astonishment is not an emotion that is created. It’s an existing state that is revealed the art of astonishment, when pushed into the wildest edges of edges, is the art of doing real magic”. Harris is getting something that transcends the art of illusion or the art of magic and is true of other art forms as well.

Mastering the art of illusion can be categorized into three types of performance.

Panic zone: You perceive that things are impossible to do, this is the zone where everything is beyond your capabilities.

Learning zone: You are determined to learn, however, even with discipline and effort, there are still challenges that get into the process.

Comfort zone: This is the zone where you know what to do, you are confident with your skills and you are comfortable with your performance.

With more effort, perseverance, and practice, you can master the art of illusion. Make it into a routine, learn and practice more of the tricks of illusion.

As you can see, artists are not necessarily using the art to express themselves or to merely surpass the reality, but rather they show the truth or somewhat close to the truth. They show how society and the reality works. The human response, when confronted by art, is that what they are seeing or hearing or reading is real. The world needs art.

Society nowadays has become artificial in what it wants and what it appreciates even people are making themselves artificial, both physically and how they act towards one another, hence the need of the art or what we perceive as art. So what if all that is left that’s real is the art or mere illusion? It can be a reality check for all of us. It objectifies reality by stripping away preconceptions of society.

Do you even understand what I am writing about? I, myself, don’t. Anyway, all I have to give for the last statement is that art is the window that looks out from the shelter of society into the real world.

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