When one thinks about the performing arts, most of us probably tend to dwell on a few details. These may include such things as the acting, storyline or music and dance if it is a musical production. But there’s another part of the story that helps to create the magic, the set design.
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Painter and muralist M.K. Huges is one of the people who bring the action to life via her wonderful and engaging set designs. A graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Master’s in Theater (Set Design), she has experience working with the Alabama and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals and is now responsible for the sets on the numerous shows conducted at Point Park University, a Pittsburgh area school widely recognized for theater arts.
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For more info on this talented young lady, check out her official website or any of her social accounts including Patreon.
Guest post by Janet Adams
Rope magic is a genre of magic which uses ropes to perform all manner of tricks and illusions that are sure to wow and bamboozle an adoring audience of fans and skeptics alike. The earliest recorded incidence of rope magic occurred way back in the 14th century China but the genre gained widespread renown in the 19th century when British soldiers witnessed it being performed by Indian magicians and they brought back news of its wonder back home. Back then it was quite an elaborate trick which involved a magician throwing a rope into the air where it remained erect with no external support. He then sent his assistant up the rope to get something; the assistant climbed up and disappeared in the heights. The assistant takes too long to come back and the magician grows increasingly angry then finally, armed with a sword he follows his assistant up the rope. Sounds of a violent confrontation are heard above by the crowd and soon the dismembered body of the assistant falls to the ground. The magician descends soon after, collects the scattered limbs and puts them in a box. He then proceeds to restore his assistant who appears whole before the dumbfounded audience. Rope magic nowadays is not always as elaborate. It has evolved in so many ways and a large proportion of rope magic presently consists of rope tricks that are quite simple although they are equally entertaining and engaging. They include tricks such as a rope seemingly defying gravity and standing upright on end, tying several knots incredibly fast and then moving them along the length of a rope and even making them disappear and reappear interchangeably on the rope.
Rope magic has evolved greatly over its long history. However, its core appeal has remained unaltered through the years. Whether a man is climbing up a rope that is standing on end with no external support or whether an amateur magician is performing rope knot tricks at an office party, rope magic remains a highly appealing visual art that is both enjoyable to watch and still leaves the audience bewildered as to how what they are seeing can be true. To mystify, engage and entertain are at the core of the purposes of magic and art, and rope magic does them all with seamless ease.
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For those of us who consider ourselves creative people and also try to get the word out there about our creative ambitions, guest posting or guest blogging can be a good opportunity.
With that being said, I’m looking to both guest post for other blogs as well as feature other people’s posts on mine. If you own or run a blog and are interested in in either of these possibilities, please let me know either in the comments section or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
What I’ll accept for this blog:
Anything arts related in any way. It must be original work and at least 250 words (unless it’s poetry or a visual submission like photography or a drawing). I’ll provide one backlink per poem or visual submission and up to two per written other form of written post.
What I can provide:
Having worked in journalism as well as the arts, I am up for providing mostly anything. However, if possible I’d like to keep the topics related to:
Poetry and writing
Photography and the visual arts
Movies and video
Music and the performing arts
Goth, emo or punk subcultures
Maybe we can make this work out well for everyone!
Easy way to get inspired
So, a while back, I posted an article taking about the necessity of inspiration for artists. Whether your chose medium is painting, sculpture, performing arts of whatever the case may be, inspiration is essential.
Today, many of us use smart phones. And with smart phones comes the availability of various apps. One such app that can possibly help to get those creative juices flowing for Android users (I’m sure iphones have something similar) is simply called “Inspirational Quotes.”
It’s a free listing of a seemingly endless number of famous and inspirational quotes from some of the greatest thinkers, innovators and entertainers of all time. At the very least, something like this might help to kick start the flow of your creative juices.
One thing any type of artist absolutely needs is something to inspire them.
Whether you work in the visual arts with photography, painting or some other medium, you need a subjects to bring to life.
If you write, you need a story or topic to approach and develop.
If you’re a musician or performing artist, you need a message and perhaps an audience.
Whatever the case may be, every artist needs his or her muse if you will.
So, what inspires you?