MISDIRECTIONS (work in progress)
According to historian Colin Williamson, the engaged spectator at a magic show may turn a perplexing illusion into an auto-didactic occasion, endeavoring to comprehend its hidden systems more deeply. The viewers of this audiovisual essay will be met with similar enchantments. Reminiscent of a whodunit, the career of a magician's magician is traced through a matrix of family histories, conflicting accounts, and cultural artifacts from the Golden Age of stage magic. This is an ode to those matters which occupy the attention of life-long learners, puzzle-freaks and amateur detectives.
2019 New Experimental Works, Other Cinema, San Francisco
Misdirections (detail from video), [in progress]
MORNINGS OF THE MAGICIAN
A companion piece to Misdirections: Unlike other magicians in the family, my father was a private magician, the pancake was his philosopher’s stone. Idiosyncratic culinary rituals are explored through family history and a metaphorical framework of alchemy.
2017 Electronic Elsewhere: Video by Carl Diehl, NW Tracking, Whitsell Auditorium, Portland, OR
Mornings of the Magician (detail from video), 2017