Magic Tricks

Magic Hat Trick Rabbit Cards Wand Cups Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Playing Cards” today, my mind immediately leapt to thinking about magicians, card tricks, and pulling a rabbit out of a hat. When I was a little kid, I was fascinated by magic tricks of all kinds. And though I don’t remember actually saying that I wanted to be a magician when I grew up, I remember thinking magicians were super cool. So, I’m sure it must have crossed my mind. I had lots of little tricks that I used to have and would use them to amaze my little friends. That was, at least, what went through my mind. In reality, these were not expensive magic tricks, but the kind you used to find at the drugstore for a few pennies. When I got a little older I found a book of magic tricks and was excited to try each one. As I quickly learned, I was too clumsy and lacked the finesse of the magicians I’d seen perfectly palming coins and pulling them out of thin air. But, the funny thing was, it did nothing to deter me. I would still perform my clumsy tricks for anyone who’d watch. In fact, that’s pretty much what I still do today.

Though I no longer attempt magic, I still get a little urge whenever I see those gift kits on sale at the bookstore. This happens with so many things that I think I’d love to try again, but I simply don’t have the time. That doesn’t stop me, of course, from occasionally buying that cool kit or project. In our basement, I have a stack of them waiting to be completed one day. This stack is next to another stack of art supplies I have yet to even use as that’s another thing I simply can’t pass up collecting. There is also a stack of big boy paper waiting for me when I finally have the time and patience to jump out of my sketchbook and make something larger. But, for now, I’m content with my little daily doodles and figure it’s all great practice and preparation for that moment when I’ll finally create my masterpiece. Or, at the very least, something a bit more grand.

For this little sketch, I have to admit that I once again got a little sidetracked watching videos of magicians. I adore it when there’s a trick that I just can’t figure out. Try as I might, I’m at a total loss and it seems like I witnessed the impossible happen. This always makes me smile while my inner child does happy little backflips. Well, that’s more metaphorical as when I was little I was too chubby and uncoordinated for such things. Yet, I get immense cheer from knowing there are still wonderful mysteries in the world. Tonight, Philippe and I are having our weekly pizza delivery and that makes me super happy as well. Sometimes the perfectly expected can be just as enchanting. And, I’ve not given up hope that one day I’ll get to that pile of wonderful kits in the basement and, who knows, maybe I’ll finally be able to master those magic tricks.

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33 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    You’ve definitely got the magic in your blood, Charlie. Your wand is a paint brush, and the things you do with paint always amaze me!

  2. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    This is wonderful, Charlie, and I agree with Sandra! Have a wonderful weekend!!! Can’t believe pizza night has rolled around again so quickly!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I know… this week just leapt by! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  3. Susan Masters 4 months ago

    Wow this certainly is magic!

  4. Karen Fortier 4 months ago

    Simply magical Charlie! You will get to those art supplies. I had a large stash of various sketchbooks that I had bought before I retired and the stash is almost depleted.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yes! That’s what I’m looking forward to indeed!

  5. Tina Gupta 4 months ago

    Magic and magicians have always very been intriguing to me. Thanks Charlie for your lovely art that took me down the memory lane when my Mum would take me to those magic shows when I was a kid! That’s when I started to believe that magic somehow exists and your piece is equally magical and intriguing as well.. Beautifully articulated as well!! 😍😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Tina! 😃💕 Yeah, those magic shows are always so wonderful!

  6. Sharon Nolfi 4 months ago

    I love this sketch! Bunny is adorable and the colors are perfect – made me smile.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed this one!

  7. Lisa 4 months ago

    I love your magic ensemble. I used to have a few magic tricks up my sleeve (see what I did there?) My dad did some magic, so of course I had to too. Little kids loved them. Especially the disappearing coin trick. I was very popular with the three to seven year old set😂😂!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe! I bet you were super popular with those magic tricks!

  8. Stephen Booth 4 months ago

    Stunning Charlie😀

  9. Fatima Chamkha 4 months ago

    Marvellous great doodle for the prompt!

  10. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    I really love this. It looks desaturated, which looks great.

  11. heila 4 months ago

    How sweet!

  12. LoriCtoo 4 months ago

    Oh how I love a bunny with blush! I think it always brings our characters to life. I know, I know, this sketch is about playing cards, but that bunny stole my heart!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, it was mostly an excuse to sketch a bunny for me!

  13. Mugdha 4 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    I so totally agree with Ms. Sandra Strait! You are truly a magician and you probably wont find a better wand than your brush. When I saw the book Happy Dreamer by Peter Reynolds I thought of your sketches and posts. Just curious… when you’re asleep and dreaming, do you dream in watercolor? I dont know why but I feel like you probably do.

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Actually I DO dream in full color and sometimes dream in watercolor as well! 😉

  14. Loan Anh Pham 4 months ago

    That painting is super cool, Charlie 😍. I love this magical painting.

  15. Priscilla DeConti 4 months ago

    Your art and love of sharing that is your magic.Never lose that childish wonder that you so wonderfully bring to this group and others.! Lovely painting 😍😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Here’s to never losing that child inside us all!

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    Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

    Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I know… this week just leapt by! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  17. shawnthompsonart 4 months ago

    Nice painting, its amazing how magicians can pull off such great illusions.

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