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Alchemy of Light

Ruth Sergel

Alchemy of Light is a multimedia performance that integrates 19th century illusionism, interactive video and physical theater to depict the life of the legendary magician Torrini.

http://streetpictures.org/alchemy





Background
Books:
The Magician and the Cinema (Erik Barnouw) – This book was the launching point for the entire project.

Brakhage Lectures, Marvellous Melies (Paul Hammond), George Melies: The Birth of the Auteur (Elizabeth Ezra), Robots Unlimited (David Levy), Memoirs of Robert-Houdin: King of the Conjurers (Robert-Houdin), Hiding the Elephant (Jim Steinmeyer), The Magic of Robert-Houdin (Christian Fechner), Savage Theory: Cinema as Modern Magic (Rachel O. Moore), The Optical Unconscious (Rosalind E. Krauss), Magic Shadows (Martin Quigley, jr.), Master Magicians: Their Lives and Most Famous Tricks (Walter Brown Gibson) James Turrell: The Art of Light & Space (Craig Adcock), Devices of Wonder (Barbara Maria Stafford), Phantasmagoria (Marina Warner), Computer as Theater (Brenda Laurel)

Films:
The Magic of Melies, Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic, The Illusionist, My 20th Century, Zentropa/Europa, The Secrets of Magic, The Prestige

Periodicals:
Magic Lantern (19th century, US)

Resources:
Tannen’s Magic Shop
Conjuring Arts Library