102 entries in Black Art
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Creators Title Comments & References Year Source Page AA Categories
Die verschwindende Dame "Eins-Zwei-Drei", person suspended on a chair behind a glass sheet vanishes
Jan. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Der Blumenwürfel large die on newspaper covered with handkerchief, it changes into flowers (or something else) when cloth is removed
Aug. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 8)
Carl Willmann Das Verschwinden einer Person in front of a door in living room performances
Aug. 1895
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 1 No. 8)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Die schwarze Kunst on black art on stage, Charles Arbé (alia Carl Baum) credited
Related to Jan. 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 5)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Die schwarze Kunst oder orientalische Zauberei continuation on black art, description of a performance without methods (see future installments for those)
Related to Feb. 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 6)
Die schwarze Kunst oder orientalische Zauberei continuation, explanation of different vanishes, appearances, transformations with different objects
Related to Mar. 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 7)
Die schwarze Kunst oder orientalische Zauberei continuation of black art effects, drawn skeleton comes to life
Related to Apr. 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 8)
Die schwarze Kunst oder orientalische Zauberei further effects with the black art principle on stage
  • Die Südfrüchte
  • "Fata Morgana"/"Cocon"
  • Die Wunder der Fakire
  • "In luftigen Regionen"
Related to May 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 9)
Die schwarze Kunst oder orientalische Zauberei further effects with the black art principle on stage
  • Das Geisterfass
  • Die Lotusblume
Related to June 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 10)
Die schwarze Kunst oder orientalische Zauberei further effects with the black art principle on stage
  • das Leben einer Büste
  • "Der Geisterskat"
Related to July 1896
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 1 No. 11)
The Spirit Envelope three selections, slip of paper with their names appears in previously empty envelope
Variations 1897 173
Das unerklärliche Verschwinden eines lebenden Pferdes samt Stallknecht "Die schwarze Kunst oder orientalische Zauberei"
horse and person vanish
Feb. 1897
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 2 No. 6)
Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft "Boscos Zauberwürfel, Alea jacta est, der in freier Hand verschwindende Würfel"
die block penetrates hat, plate and table, vanishes on glass disc or newspaper, another vanishes in the hands
Related to Nov. 1897
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 5)
Ferdinand Hügelin Der mysteriöse Zahnarzt "Ein Scherz", performer rips out a front tooth and puts it back in, black strip of paper and horse tooth, see also p. 176
Apr. 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 10)
Das mysteriöse Loch im Taschentuch hole apparently cut into borrowed handkerchief, one can see the performer's sleeve through the hole, restored
May 1898
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 3 No. 11)
Josef Löffler Der wandernde Thaler coin with black back and hook, vanished and ditched by hanging it on the clothing, borrowed coin vanishes and reappears
Apr. 1899
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 4)
Carl Willmann Willmann's Miniatur-Bühne backdrop construction to put onto impromptu stages
July 1899
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 5 No. 7)
Carl Willmann Briefkasten answering letters
July 1900
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 7)
Max Auzinger, Carl Willmann Aus und mit dem Leserkreise black art credit claim/information
Dec. 1900
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 6 No. 12)
Carl Willmann Briefkasten answering letters, credit information on black art
May 1901
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 7 No. 5)
Carl Willmann Entstehen und Vergehen production balls, black back for black art vanish
May 1903
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 9 No. 5)
Das mysteriöse Couvert envelope hangs on stage, answers to questions appear inside, switch on tray, black art
Nov. 1904
Die Zauberwelt (Vol. 10 No. 11)
Friedrich W. Conradi-Horster Conradis neuer Kartenstern "new card star", using black art to hide the hiding place, five cards appear at end of star apparatus
Inspired by May 1904
Der Zauberspiegel (Vol. 4 No. 5)
The Coin Through the Hat using black-backed coin, black art
1909 267
Friedrich "Fritz" Hügli Eine spiritistische Antwort questions are written on pieces of paper, one is chosen and answer appears inside envelope, newspaper black art
1927 94
Lu Brent Watch - Ho!! Pocket watch manipulation routine, production of pocket watches, uses black art stand, glove gimmick
1932 29
Ivor Smith Various Routines 2 Uses a black art table and a tri-color thimble and has a lemon production
1936 33
Paul Studham, Laurie Ireland The Spirit Bar bar with bottles on table, drinks are wished and mixed by spirits, black art principle
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1940)
U. F. Grant U. F. Grant's Stage Rope Restoration black art, black tube on rope looks like rope is cut
1941 ca. 200
U. F. Grant U. F. Grant's Amazing Rope Trick black art method, in front of body
1941 ca. 371
Black-Art Switch using servante in table
1943 14
Syl Reilly A Ghost Show Routine black art, luminous paint, skeletons appear and dance
1943/27 412
Howard D. Wise A New "Find the Lady" Illusion with board, black art and shell
1945 150
Eugene Gloye Build It Yourself Nest of Boxes parcel, with a watch
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1952)
Judge E. H. C. Wethered Black Art Tray
1954/27 329
J. A. Philpot Magic Beer Production with tubes, black art
Ireland's Yearbooks (Issue Yearbook 1956)
J. W. Sarles Transit Silks three silks vanish behind screen, reappear knotted on wand when it is tossed in air, black art
Nov. 1968 215
The Phantom Black Art Platform
1972 324
Theo "Okito" Bamberg, Joe Berg Zombie Cabinet cabinet for Zombie ball, ball vanishes eventually or changes into a skull
1973 87
Theo "Okito" Bamberg, David Tobias Bamberg Checker Cabinet box with three doors, pile of checkers placed under a tube and a glass with a handkerchief into the box, transposition
Variations 1973 127
Karl Fulves Launch Pad on building black art possibilities into close-up pad
Related to 1975
Interlocutor (Issue 4)
Jan Torell A Giant Card to Silk card to silk, then more handkerchiefs and cards are produced
Variations 1975 13
Oswald Williams Die Flyto handkerchief in a box transposes with big die on a tray, visible transformation of die into handkerchief
1976 26
, Carl Owen Ultimate Drawer Box
1976 118
Floyd G. Thayer Expanding Ball ball visibly expands, on a stand
1976 206
Philip T. Goldstein Severence Pay-Off rope cut in paper tube, black art
1982 7
Checker Cabinet variations of Okito's Checker Cabinet, Thayer, Owen, Hamilton, Resor, Hughes, Loring Campbell
Inspired by 1982 48
Mark Lefler Back in the Box copper coins vanish visually under glass and reappear in okito box, then change to silver, using black art
June 1983
Apocalypse (Vol. 6 No. 6)
Stephen Minch Mindcast written on six pieces of paper, non-forcing method
1984 9
Philip T. Goldstein Severence Pay-Off rope cut in paper tube, black art
1990 2
Jim Steinmeyer The Artist's Daydream person appears in black cabinet with easel look
Inspired by
  • "The Artist's Dream"
1991 43
Harlan Tarbell "Society Special" Black Art Table
1993 262
John Moehring Black Artistry on Omar Pasha
Related to May 1997
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 9)
John Moehring First Black Artifice on black art
May 1997
Magic (Vol. 6 No. 9)
Dondrake The Early Years History of black art
1998 5
Dondrake BlackArt in the Parlor More history on black art
1998 6
Dondrake Build a Wizard's Window Black art background
1998 7
Dondrake Building a BlackArt Backdrop Black art curtains
1998 12
Dondrake Using the Right Material
1998 14
Dondrake BlackArt Lighting How to do lighting on stage for black art illusions
1998 15
Dondrake The Wizard's Curtain Three different ways to set up a stage for black art illusions
1998 16
Dondrake The BlackArt Table
1998 19
Dondrake BlackArt Well Table
1998 20
Dondrake Wizard's Table
1998 21
Dondrake The Flying Carpet Magicians levitates while sitting on flying carpet
1998 24
Dondrake The Hindu Rope Trick Rope levitates out of basket, boy climbs up, disappears in smoke, rope falls down
1998 25
Dondrake Fantasy Dove Cardboard dove visually changes into real dove in full view
1998 26
Dondrake Floating Into and Out of the Body Girl levitates, gets absorbed into magician's body, then comes out of his body before floating down
1998 27
Dondrake Stretching Rope Rope stretches in length
1998 28
Dondrake BlackArt Prediction Use black art to load prediction
1998 29
Dondrake Jumbo Card Frame Three card monte with jumbo cards in a frame, using black art
1998 30
Dondrake BlackArt Milk Routine Milk poured into newspaper cone, liquid vanishes
1998 31
Dondrake Paper Bag Productions Produce bulky items from empty paper bag
1998 32
Dondrake Darwin's BlackArt Striptease Lady's clothes slowly float away from her body one by one into a basket, then clothes in basket vanish
1998 33
Gary Darwin Darwin's Missing Fingers Magician visually pulls off fingers off of gloved hand and places fingers into top hat. Glove removed, fingers pop back onto hand
1998 34
Gary Darwin Darwin's Ever Loaded Hat Method to secretly load top hat
1998 36
Gary Darwin Darwin's BlackArt Lota Lota vase keeps refilling indefinitely, longer than it should
1998 37
Gary Darwin Darwin's Steel Rod Through Body Push steel rod through body
1998 38
Gary Darwin Darwin's Exorcist Live! Woman brought on stage begins to get possessed by a demon, head floats around, body levitates etc.
1998 39
Chad Sanborn The Cloned Lady Hand pulled off a lady, and then put back
1998 42
The Future of Magic, Ken and James The Broken and Restored Heart Girl vanishes behind newspaper, newspaper torn and restored, girl appears again
1998 43
Don Alan Darker Side of Malini coin transposition using a hat, then large steel nut appears under hat
Related to 2000 93
Louis Haley The Disappearing Egg - Fourth Method: a Hardboiled Egg with silk, dummy under vest on thread
Also published here
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 7 No. 1, 1908, p. 5
2002 78
Al Baker Plate-Biting Stunt biting out a piece of a dinner plate, black art
Also published here
  • marketed 1936
The Secret Ways of Al Baker (Issue Instructions)
Jay Sankey Black Stack eight coin production with black art displays
2004 173
Jack Avis Black Art Reference Mahatma, Vol. 1 No. 3
2006 200
Alexander de Cova Tea Time small tea sieve for dump-out switch of any small item
Also published here 2006 9
Paul Osborne Black Art Mini Theater
  • Osborne Illusions
black art theater in puppet size
June 2007
Genii (Vol. 70 No. 6)
Alexander de Cova Teatime small tea sieve for dump-out switch of any small item
Also published here 2007 2
Tom Stone Tie Clipper black art idea for cut and restored tie
2007 8
Jim Steinmeyer The Shadow Play Solution "De-Emphasizing the Apparatus"
person appears behind large white cloth with lamp behind it
2009 153
Jim Steinmeyer The Cocoon Redux "Apparatus Disguised as No Apparatus"
person appears in light-weight cloth cabinet
Inspired by
  • Buatier de Kolta's Cocoon (1887)
2009 165
Tom Stone Black Drop black art, vanish of small object
Also published here 2010 206
Tom Stone Black Drop black art, vanish of small object
Also published here 2010 10
Alexander de Cova Riesenmünzen-Finte black art jumbo coin
2011 11
Pete McCabe Schrödinger's Coin coin held between thumb and first finger, vanishes when hand is turn over to show other side, appears again, then is really gone
Jan. 2012
Genii (Vol. 75 No. 1)
John Hostler Convoid flap in middle of bill is opened and closed again
Related to 2016 123
Axel Adlercreutz Ourobouros vacuum cleaner sucks itself up until it has vanishes
Nov. 2016
Genii (Vol. 79 No. 11)
Alexander de Cova Teatime small tea sieve for dump-out switch of any small item
  • Anwendungsmöglichkeiten
Also published here 2016 180
José Carroll Blackbacked Card invisible through transparent sheet
2019 179
Nathan Kranzo Porn Name Correctly predict an audience's porn name, prediction written on paper ball thrown into crowd
2021 40
Brett Bishop My Precious finger becomes invisible and vanishes and pushed through finger ring
Related toAlso published here
  • MAGIC, Jan. 2009
2022 819