Magic

The Coin Magician’s Dream

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The Coin Magician’s Dream, photo art by Steven Carlson

In the art of close-up-magic, coin magic easily finds its place toward the top of the most challenging skills.

Coins, along with playing cards, are the primary objects in the close-up magician’s repertoire.

Historically coins predate playing cards by a good three to four thousand years.

Coins were first introduced as a method of payment around the 6th or 5th century BC and have been in the magician’s bag of tricks ever since.

In the magician’s hands coins appear, vanish and multiply. They magically move from place to place or from hand to hand, visibly and invisibly. Coins change from sliver to copper and even grow in size. The possibilities of magic with coins is limitless.

Coin magic relies upon the intricate dexterity of the artist. Dexterous skills acquired through years of practice, training and performance.

A master sleight of hand artist’s technique is never seen. To the audience it is invisible. These graceful methodologies lie gently hidden beneath the surface of natural movements and gestures. Only then does the coin magic appear effortless and impossible.

My name is Steven Paul Carlson, I have been practicing magic since I was 6 years old and I have been performing magic professionally for over 40 years.

So sit back and relax and enjoy the magical ride.

Oh, and please, fasten your seat belts. 😉

Photo & art credits:
Coin and photo art by Steven Paul Carlson, portrait photo by Nick Olson


Close up Magic, Steven Carlson

Close-up Magic, Steven CarlsonAs a sleight of hand artist, or close-up magician, I occasionally get to perform at really fun venues. Such was the case last month in Minneapolis, MN at The Theater in the Round.

It was an evening of magic, manipulation and illusion.  In the photo, shown here, I am finishing my close-up magic performance with a classic magical effect called, The Cups & Balls.  Here, in a finale I created back in 1975, one of the cups magically fills with pennies and pours out on to the table.  Who says, magic doesn’t make any sense… (cents )

The priceless expression on the face of my audience helper, makes this one of my all time favorite magic photos.  I hope you enjoy it.    🙂

Thanks,
Steven


Sleight of Hand Artist, Steven Carlson

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Sleight of Hand Artist, Steven Carlson, performing his elegant style of close-up magic for guests at the beautiful Forepaugh’s Restaurant in St. Paul, MN.  The magic event was on Halloween night, a tribute the great escape artist, Harry Houdini.

in 1899 Houdini’s career was going nowhere and he was seriously contemplating retirement from entertainment.  But his big break came in St. Paul, MN at the Palm Garden beer hall, (less than a half mile away from the Forepaugh’s mansion) when he met manager Martin Beck.  Beck, impressed with Houdini’s handcuff act, advised Houdini to concentrate on the escapes and booked him on the Orpheum vaudeville circuit.  The rest is history.

Houdini died on Halloween in 1926 he was 52.


Video

One Coin Magic

Magic with coins is my favorite expression within the performance art of Close-Up Magic.  I have worked with this particular “One Coin” routine for approximately 35 years.  A magical effect is never finished it just keeps evolving and growing.  I sincerely hope you enjoy it!

My thanks to the very talented Kevin MacLeod, for creating the beautiful music and allowing me to use it here.

Music:
“Sardana” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…

© 2015 Steven Paul Carlson.
This video is copyrighted and may not be used without the written permission of Steven Paul Carlson


Master Magician, Steven Paul Carlson

Master Magician, Steven Paul CarlsonYou are entering a world of magic and illusion where anything is possible… pick a card… any card.  😉

This is my new magic promo poster, I had lots of fun creating it, I hope you enjoy it.


Art & Magic studio

This is my dream studio.  Someday, with a little luck and fortune, that will be where I hang my hat and create 😉

Dream Art & Magic studio


Video

Dancing with the Queen of Hearts – Steven Carlson

The Queen of Hearts, with her charismatic charm, completely enthralls her eight suitors.

Originally I wrote a little story, about a princess, to fit the magical effect of this card trick.

Personally, I loved the story, but after years of performing and testing I found music to be the best accompaniment. I truly hope you enjoy!

 

Kevin MacLeod created the wonderful music!  Let me tell you, Kevin’s one talented guy!  Here’s his link.
“Sneaky Snitch” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

© 2015 Steven Paul Carlson.
This video is copyrighted and may not be used without the written permission of Steven Paul Carlson