Sarah’s Artifact 2


This is a painting called The Conjurer by Heironymus Bosch. It was painted back in the 15th century, showing that magic has been used for centuries to entertain people.


“The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in all the universe.”   ― P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe


In all aspects of theatre, you are creating magic. Illusions are made to bring people into the story and experience something outside of the normal day to day feelings. This is the case especially with the musical version of Mary Poppins(2004). The suspension of disbelief is strategy audience members don’t even know they are using, but it allows simple tricks to seem like true magic on stage.

The suspension of disbelief concept is that of accepting incredible things happening on stage to be normal and ordinary. The fact that Mary Poppins can fly is not questioned during the play, because the world around it allows for it to happen. Audience members are not asking the question, “How is that actress flying right now? Where is her harness?” they simply are seeing Mary on stage flying with her umbrella. Audience members might think, “Wow, how does she do that?! It’s like magic!” because they are more invested in the story, than they are questioning how things happen.

Good stage magic is truly magical. Little tricks used to make ordinary things unordinary can totally change how a performance is seen. For example, when Mary is pulling many unusual items from her handbag, the audience has no idea how it is being done.  Just a few visual tricks can make something so extraordinary happen right in front of an audience and create a new reality for them.

For an audience to suspend their disbelief for just a few hours, can truly make the theatrical experience magical. Simple tricks can make incredible things happen. Asking the audience to believe is something that cannot be done outside the theatre.  Theatre truly is magical.


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