It’s the perfect combination. Trickery is the root of all magic and David Ben is a modern master of trickery and deception.
After exploring the Golden Age of Magic with The Conjuror, David Ben thought it was now time to cast off Victorian pretension and piety, go back to basics, the root of all magic - trickery - just for the fun of it. That’s not to say that the magic in Tricks was plucked from thin air or based on a whim. No, a trickster – a shaman, raven, jester, juggler, conjuror, or magician – leaves nothing to chance.
The tricks in Tricks include timeless pieces of magic as well as new pieces inspired by an eclectic range of people and events: Frank Sinatra and Telford Fenton, Glenn Gould and Charles Bertram, Harold Lloyd and the Marx Brothers, Tom Waits and Erik Satie, Hammer Studio Films, Southern Baptist preachers and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. There is no timeline or plot – just great tricks – comical and mysterious, beautiful and visceral – performed with twists and turns.
Photos by Cylla von Tiedemann.