September 19


Chef Illusion-Canvas Print-Concept Art

By Basil

September 19, 2019

Chef Illusion, circa 1959, Numbered Edition Canvas Print from The Allakazam Archives

Original art from the Allakazam Archives Collection:

Mark Wilson knew that not everyone's imagination will see the same image of a show as he does.  So, circa 1959, he commissioned this beautiful concept art series for his magic show proposals.  This one tells the story of the Magician producing his Assistant as a Chef Illusion.  This particular piece was painted in Dallas, Texas, around 1959, by an artist that understood how to make magic look very theatrical!  Mark included this art in his presentations to networks and sponsors, while trying to sell his ultimate dream of a Network Magic Series.  Later his dream came true as "The Magic Land  of Allakazam".

If you are not familiar with the effect, here's what happens.  The Magician shows the cooking pot to be empty, adds a series of ingredients, such as "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice", and magically conjures up his lovely assistant.  I especially like the Parisian set in the background, and the hint of the green drape-skirt behind  the table.  It's as if they were trying to set it up to really be performed with an empty table.  Notice how the darker water-color around the edges guides your eye back into the brighter middle of the magical image.  We carefully maintained even the previously hidden "unfinished" edges of the art.

This beautiful, Numbered Edition, Gallery Wrapped, Canvas Print represents our dedication to the true color and texture achieved by the original artist.  It's not "storyboard" art. It has a much higher degree of finish.   This 22"wide x 18" tall rendering was intended to be a feature piece in the presentation of this new creative concept proposal.  It's never been released to the public.  That's why this  is a wonderful opportunity to amaze your friends and family with the story of how rare and special the Chef Illusion piece is!

There are two more incredible pieces of water-color art that are the companions to this show's presentation.  (See collection listing)  One is of the Mummy Illusion and the other is of the Toy Soldier Illusion.  I have not yet found the description of the full show.  I hope I will find it soon.  This looks like a really fun show.   

Either as a stand-alone piece or side by side with the Mummy Illusion and the Toy Soldier Illusion, this is an excellent addition to a magical Gallery!  So far, these three pieces are the only water-color renderings from that 1959 proposal.  I've seen a small photo print of a fourth image featuring a Levitation, but I have not yet found the original art.   This is a great way to bring a little Magic from Allakazam into your home!   And now you can have your own Allakazam Archives Canvas Gallery Wrap that may last much longer than the original!   

Toy Soldier Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Chef Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Mummy Illusion, circa1959, Concept Art Series

Image Notes:

Allakazam Archives Gallery Wraps are perfect for any space. Each wrap is crafted using our premium canvas reproduction techniques and hand wrapped around a deep, hardwood stretcher bar. Hung as an ensemble or by itself, this frameless presentation gives you a versatile way to display art in your home.


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    Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
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    Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
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    Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
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    Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
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    Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
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    Made in the USA

Numbered Edition gallery wrapped canvas:

The Allakazam Archives Collection, Numbered Edition Canvases, combine old world craftsmanship with the finest materials and latest production technologies to create extraordinary artwork, for you.  Using museum-quality canvas, our reproduction process captures not only the color and mood of the enchanting original art, but the actual brushwork as well.  Every piece is made with the strictest quality control, giving your Allakazam Archive Treasure a look almost identical to the artist’s on-easel original. Vibrant colors, rich textures and color tones accurate to the original, are the hallmarks of your finished piece.

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Additional Information:


Gallery Wrap, Hand Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars


22” Wide x 18” High x 1.5” Deep


Unknown (Still researching)


Authentic Museum Quality Canvas


Commissioned by Mark Wilson, Dallas TX, Circa 1959, Water-Color


Concept Art, Show Proposal


Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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