Hiding In The Shadows | The Black Art Book

Black Art techniques, lighting and 10 illusions!

This book is a crash course in all things Black Art. You will learn everything from methods to lighting and the science behind it in great detail.

Once you have learned the techniques and strategies, you get 10 illusion creations to put it all to work. What’s more, the book includes SilverChair, one of the most sought after stage illusions of the last decade.

Chris Stolz is one of the top magic consultants working today. He has used the knowledge and techniques in this book to astound audiences all over the world and now, you can too.

HIDING IN THE SHADOWS is your Black Art playbook.


It's excellent! Finally a book that addresses the subject of black art in illusion design in a practical, no nonsense way. This book belongs on every magician's bookshelf!

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Chris Stolz has written an important treatise on the subject of black art illusions and methodology that should be studied by magicians & illusionists of all levels.

What's in the book?

A brief look at each of the major sections.

Methods & Concepts

Methods & Concepts

In this section, Chris takes you through a series of effective Black Art methods, from masking, to shadows on a prop, to tunnels and more. He also takes you through dealing with common challenges like blue curtains and wood finish floors!

Lighting Theory

Lighting Theory

Learn the basics of stage lighting along with the lighting concepts we use to hide black on stage. Chris covers everything from pupil constriction to volumetric beams of light used to hide your B.A. Then, we get some valuable insights from an interview with a Broadway Lighting Designer.

Easy Lighting Setups

Easy Lighting Setups

This section contains a series of simple lighting setups you can use to light any of the methods and illusions covered in the book. These are effective setups that many performers use today and will give you a great base on which to build your lighting design.

10 Incredible Illusions

10 Incredible Illusions

Featuring ten incredible illusion concepts from the small and simple to big and ambitious with a lot in between. This section finishes with the long awaited release of plans for Chris's famous SilverChair illusion!


Great book for anyone interested in designing or presenting illusions! Black art can be a very strong principal used in the presentation of illusions. But it must be used correctly. Chris teaches you how in this great book. There is much to learn here - even if you don't intend to add a black art type effect to your act.
Gerry Frenette
Gerry Frenette
Magic Makers

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About The Author

Chris brings to the table a mastery of theatrical lighting and sound systems and design, rigging, scenic design for the theatre and has worked both on and off stage in hundreds of theatrical and magic productions over the years. His ability to create practical, creative solutions for theatrical illusion and special effect challenges is what has identified him as a true expert in his field. As a result, he is known as one of the top young illusion designers in the industry today.

On stage, Chris has performed for audiences all over North America as an actor and a magician.  He was fortunate enough to have studied with the late Martin A. Nash, aka “The Charming Cheat” to whom he was a dear friend.

Today, much of Chris’ work is for theatre productions all over the world.  Whenever the script calls for magic, Chris is usually one of the first people they call.

Yes.  This illusion is in the book!

This is literally the black art bible. It has everything you need to know and is jam-packed from front to back with priceless information on some of the most secret techniques in the illusion world today!
Dan Kranstz
Dan Kranstz
Illusionist

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