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The Art and Magic of Deception

“Art is deception that creates real emotion. And when you give yourself over to that deception – it becomes magic.” – Marco Tempest.

This is a nifty little video with a lovely message in the end. It’s true. Art is deception. Paintings are after all just paint and canvas. The canvas is flat but we say ‘Such depth! Such height!’ With the right conflagration of forms and shapes, we can create something that is referred to as magical. Art can conjure up an emotive response – joy, sadness, awe, pain, wonder. To be a skilled artist is to be a skilled magician is to be able to create something out of nothing and have the viewer experience it as ‘real’.

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