Now You See Her

Adena O'Hanlon
Visual Communication

College
Letterkenny IT

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Adena O'Hanlon

Now You See Her

Magic is known for its misdirection and distraction techniques. The ability to guide the viewer using dexterity, co-ordination, timing and misdirection allows the magician to successfully distract their audience. Think of a magician. Is it a man? You’d be forgiven for thinking so. Women in magic have been side-lined and branded as the “glamorous assistant” for centuries, their abilities as performers and magicians having largely gone unacknowledged. There is a lack of visible diversity in the magic community and with this project I hoped to change that. I created a series of outcomes inspired by six female magicians – both past and present – in the hopes to encourage visibility and show that there is no one way to be a magician. With no set graphic language each poses a new opportunity to invite the audience into the world of magic, whilst also highlighting role models for girls that may wish to give magic a try. Through the use of a travelling exhibition (mirroring that of a travelling magician), Now You See Her gives audiences the opportunity to drive into these untold stories in ways they never could before. Project Details- Image 1: Tickets to the show. Inspired by the “sawing a woman in half” trick, the ticket also replicates this magic act. Image 2: Social media and promotional material detailing illustrations of the six magicians. Image 3: A collage of tarot cards highlighting the life of Fay Presto. Deemed the “Queen of Close Up” she has influences hundreds of magicians and has made a path for women in magic. Image 4: An expert in black magic and all things occult, Misty lee fuses dark arts and deception to transport and amaze her audience. Experience her story through a series of Tasseography, symbols showcasing moments throughout her life and career. Image 5: Minerva is an escape artist that deals with the “problem solving” side of magic. Using parts from her famous escape tricks as each side of the Rubik’s cube. Creating a juxtaposition between the conjoined imagery and the inevitable separation the cube creates. Image 6: Further Look at Minerva’s story. Image 7: A Victorian inspired sewing box, showing the user how to mend a heart. Inspired by Golden Age legend Adelaide Herrmann, it takes you through her life from assistant, to widow, to magician. Image 8: A closer look through the “Guide to the Phantom Bride” Image 9: Showcasing magician and stunt performer Carisa Hendrix’s fun and colourful characters through a series of posters. Image 10: Pairing the young magician Megan Knowles Bacon’s love of ballet, music and magic.