Magic for Sale. The Sawing a Woman in Half advert

walter_ad_biggerMagic Magazine is a popular trade publication for performing magicians and enthusiasts. Conjurers of all types peruse the pages monthly to learn new technique, find new props, and catchup on industry gossip. My dear old friend Walter “Zaney” Blaney recently asked me to help him with a magazine ad one of his inventions; a new version of the classic Sawing in Half illusion.

Walter is a celebrity among magicians. In 60+ years of show business he has done it all; traveled the world, entertained kings and presidents, invented tricks that fool magicians, opened for Elvis. In the 70’s he did all the talk shows; Carson, Merv, Mike Douglas, and Dinah Shore. His original illusions have been featured in the shows of David Copperfield, Lance Burton and Siegfried & Roy, just to name a few.

Retouching the photos

My co-worker Jeffrey Djayasaputra and I both spent a lot of PhotoShop time retouching the photos. No, it’s not trick photography. The photos of the illusion are exactly what you would see if you were there. It is a very good trick.

walter_retouch_biggerThe photo prints had aged and yellowed over the years. After painting out scratches, dirt and dust, the next step was color correction. We are both skilled at PhotoShop, but neither of us do this type of color correction very often so the results were usable but not great. Late in the project, I ran the scans through the color correction in iPhoto just to see what it would suggest. One click and BAM, the colors came to life. After that it only took a little more color tweaking in PhotoShop to get the images where we wanted them.

Start the presses

The ad runs next month. Magic is a well produced periodical, so I am anxious to see how our two-page spread turns out.

As president of Tracy Evans Productions, Inc. for over 18 years Tracy splits his time between being an animator, director, producer, stage magician, graphic designer, art director, programmer, editor, consultant, speaker and writer of third-person autobiographical blurbs.

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