Laura Mingail from Upload VR talked with THE VOID’s chief creative officer Curtis Hickman about how he uses techniques from his days as a professional magician and illusionist to create VOID experiences. Read an excerpt below.
There was a small, unassuming picture of Houdini that captivated me when I was growing up. It sat, framed, on my grandfather’s desk, amidst organized piles of technologies, books, and notes on the secrets behind magic of all forms. The picture was the only hand-drawn eyewitness account of Houdini’s final moments backstage, before his death. As the granddaughter of a magician, I grew up knowing that the world’s most acclaimed illusionist was also human and that people have the power to produce magic.
It’s no surprise that the most prolific innovators in VR have a connection to magic. Magicians are storytellers that have mastered the ability to convince you that what you see, no matter how far-fetched, is real. And, they have the knowledge of how to manipulate your attention to bring you along with their story.
Before becoming Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The VOID, Curtis Hickman was a magician creating illusions for David Copperfield and Chris Angel. Unity’s Interaction Designer IXD UX/UI and Augmented and Virtual Reality specialist, Greg Madison, has been mastering the integration of technology into his magic performances, teachings, and innovations for over 20 years.
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