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 and the Toy Soldier 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 is isolated and locked in a prison-like cabinet (on the left). Meanwhile, assistants build a "Toy Soldier" using rifles as a tripod to support a Toy Soldier head. What you don't see here is the "robe-like" cloth that wraps around the tripod. The rifles are removed and the Toy Soldier head begins to dance about. Suddenly, we discover that the Magician has vanished from his confines... but, simultaneously, the cloth robe is whisked away to reveal that the Magician is free, and inside the Toy Soldier! This illusion is a version of what is also known as the "Vampire" Illusion. I especially like the dabs of water-color around the edges where the artist mixed colors and tested his brush. We carefully maintained this previously hidden part 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 Toy Soldier 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 Chef 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 Chef 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!
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.
- 1Premium museum-quality canvas substrate
- 2Hand mounted on wooden stretcher bars
- 3Long-life pigment inks that outperform conventional press inks
- 4Edition number is applied to each Limited Edition Canvas
- 5Individually numbered “Certificate of Authenticity,” matched to the art piece
- 6Made 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.
© Greg Wilson – All Rights Reserved
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
Thank you for Supporting the Allakazam Fund
When you buy something for yourself here at the Allakazam Archives, know that you are doing more magical good for yourself and future generations.
The funds we raise are used to digitize, preserve, and maintain the Allakazam Archives and more. We thank you and rely on your contributions to keep this project going.
Thank you for making the magic happen!