ORIGINS OF A FAIRY TALE
When I was asked to perform “Recycling is Magic” at several fairy festivals, I began to wonder if I could create a unique magic show with both a fairy theme and an environmental message. Showing fairies on stage is beyond my magic…and my personal circles of acquaintances. Instead I decided that the fairies would remain invisible but their magical pranks would be mainstay of the show. The fairies play their pranks on the villagers because they are mad at the plan to clear the entire forest….the fairies’ home. I have been delighted to perform this show as a way to remind young and old alike of an important truth: just as we need our homes, so do creatures in the wild.
Please do all you can to help protect wild animals and their homes by visiting The Wilderness Society and The Nature Conservancy. Visit the National Wildlife Federation to learn how you can make your own backyard, or even apartment balcony, into a haven for wildlife!
The Artists Who Contributed to the “Little Fairies, Big Magic” Poster
The inspiration for pranks-from-fairies came from David Ginn, a masterful magician who lectured to conjurers here in Connecticut several years ago. The wizardry for creating the promotional photo, however, took the talent of many artists…
The Wizard’s Robe – Melody Sciarratta
Magic Needle Creations (magic-needle.deviantart.com/)
At Cyril’s request, Maryland costume designer and seamstress Melody Sciarratta created Cyril’s robe using fabric purchased from a thrift shop. Cyril asked for environmentally-preferable fabric and Melody took on the challenge with skill and enthusiasm!
The Wizard’s Hat – Sandra Sisti
Seams Like Magic (seamslikemagic.net)
Sandy has provided magical hats and other special stitch work for magicians far and wide. Like so many of her creations, the new hat for Cyril has more magic than meets the eye. Sandy is also a magician and fortune teller.
The Fairy’s Garb – Robin McCahill
Intuit Arts (Intuit2arts.com)
Felt artist and teacher, Robin also creates felt puppets and clothing. She generously loaned one of her most fairy-like outfits for use by Cyril’s daughter, Ella, for the photo. As can be seen in the photo, Robin performs at events with her creations including an articulated phoenix, “Beatrice”, photographed here at the Comstock Ferre.
The Fairy’s Wand – Markus Almodarr Steelgrave
Steelgrave Magic (steelgravemagic.com)
When not performing magic with wife and fellow magician Angelique, Markus often works in his shop of wonders creating wands that would make Olivander jealous. Cyril trusted one of his prized purchases from Markus to his daughter’s care….for the photo shoot only!
The Magic Tree – John Liebler
Art of the Cell (artofthecell.com)
John Liebler is a 3D artist that makes his living creating art and animation of the beautiful, and often surreal world that exists within our living (and sometimes dying) cells. He is founder and creative director of Art of the Cell, a 3D medical and scientific animation company in Connecticut. Be sure to check out the magical worlds he depicts in his molecular animations.
The Visual Artistry – Irene Liebler and Sandy Connolly
Super 9 Studios (www.super9studios.com)
It took the discipline-spanning wizardry of Super 9 Studios to put together the imagery of wizard, fairy, wings, wands, wind, forest and magically-appearing tree. Sandy & Irene put an immense amount of time in preparing the photo shoot, wrangling wizard and fairy, and bringing all the elements together for the final image.
The Prestidigitation of Printing a Poster
Allegra New Haven (allegranewhaven.com)
Bob, Tammy and the creative and hardworking folks at Allegra are taking the digital work of Super 9 studios and turning it into posters on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified sustainably grown/harvested paper.