Art & Magic by Steven Paul Carlson - © 1999-2015

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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.

 

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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.

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“Sardana” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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© 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

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Antiquity of the Soul – Steven Paul Carlson

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Antiquity of the Soul – Pastel 16” x 20”

One can see and feel the history etched into this man’s face and antiquity its-self reflecting in his eyes. I had great fun painting the bright colored head cloth with its intricate patterns, wrinkles and folds juxtaposed with his face and the similar intricate patterns. This is one of my all time favorite portraits.

I met an individual at an art show who was from this part of the world.  He told me that the head wrap they wear, the colors and patterns, tells you what region the person is from.  Fascinating!

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Kitty vs. bug

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Look in the center of the Kitty’s paw😉 I caught this shot by total accident. My greyhound dog Gabbie and I were in Colorado; I was showing my art there at the Renaissance festival. At our apartment, one floor below us lived the cutest and most unique cat. He love to ride in the car and even went for walks on a leash with his human.

One morning during Gabbie’s and my walk there he was sitting on his balcony, very focused on something his little head moving, obviously following something. I could not tell what he was so intent on but I had to get a photo of his extreme focus and concentration. As I clicked the camera his paw shot out at something in the air. I still didn’t know what until I pulled up the photo in my computer. He had smacked a bug right out of the air right off its flight path.

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Faeriegnomes – Steven Paul Carlson

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Concerning Faeriegnomes

Fa’er•ie gnomé or fa’er•y gnomé n
Pronounced fair-ee nohm

May the reader bear in mind, the information offered here regarding these very shy and illusive creatures, is based on only a small number of sightings since the history of the “big folk” began to be documented. Sightings of Faeriegnome dwellings are fortunately a little more common. Both these sources and recent archaeological discoveries help to provide us with our current knowledge of the Faeriegnome folk, their temperament, attributes and customs.

Faeriegnomes are ancient creatures, tiny, quiet and shy by nature. They were believed to be of simple gnome ancestry but they predate even the earliest gnomish records. They are much smaller than a gnome, but larger than the leaf faerie.

Faeriegnome architecture is known for its clever construction and unique creativity.

The unique coalescence of both the Fae and Gnome bloodlines seems to account for their vast magical abilities, their immeasurable ingenuity and ancient wisdom. It also explains their extreme diminutive size. The size of the average adult male, by their standard of measurement, would be about 54 to 63 digits or fingers, which would be about 2.5 to 5 cm or 1 to 2 inches tall.

Writings predating antiquity indicate Faeriegnomes were a part of the Great Earth Caretakers. Their ability to travel extremely long distances enabled them to keep a watchful eye on the delicate balances of nature. Assisting them in these earthly stewardship responsibilities were their ever present, always faithful walking sticks, ‘Astar’, as they call them. The wood of the astar was from a tree, bush or plant of unknown origin. Interestingly, the astar continued its growth despite being separated from the root. In fact, it had to be regularly pruned or it would quickly outgrow its owner! Ordinarily the astar was quite plain, but on occasion a particularly creative and fastidious Faeriegnome might adorn it with a little silver, gold, gems or even seashells.