Hiding In The Shadows: Black Art For The Stage

Learn the concepts of Black Art with 9 new illusions to get you started



Get ready to learn one of the most powerful illusion techniques in existence.

This 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. This is 110 pages of amazing.

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 the Audience Member Vanish, a closely guarded illusion with any audience member (no stooges!).

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!

“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.”

IllusionBooks.com Review


What’s Inside

Methods & Concepts: In this section, I take you through a series of effective Black Art methods, from masking, to shadows on a prop, to tunnels and more. I also take you through dealing with common challenges like blue curtains and wood finish floors!

Lighting Theory: Here, I take you through some of the basics of stage lighting along with many of the lighting concepts we use to hide black on stage. I cover everything from pupil constriction to volumetric beams of light used to hide your B.A.

Interview With A Lighting Designer: We get some valuable insights from a Lighting Design who has done everything from corporate to Broadway.

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 I still use today and will give you a great base on which to build your lighting design.

Illusions: There are 9 illusions in the bookids. Most of the illusions are workers that you can take from venue to venue along with a couple big crazy concepts for those looking to add a little more adventure to your lives! Which ones you build and perform is of course up to you, but I promise you that each illusion will educate you and inspire new ideas!

A Sneak Peak At Some Of The Included Illusions

Audience Member Vanish

Honey, I’m Home!  (Appearance)

Scatter Box

Ladder Box Appearance

This is a digital book.  The download link will be in your order confirmation email.