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The Magical Effects of Light and Color


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Miriam Ben-Ora (designer)
Paul Marantz (thesis advisor)
Robert Prouse (thesis advisor)


June 1994


Light and color are widely used by artists, magicians and for special effects in theme parks to create illusions. The goal of this thesis is to demonstrate how the same technology and techniques can be used by architects and lighting designers in the built environment to create illusions,

The execution is to study magic, artists who use illusions to create their pieces, theme parks, and how the techniques used in these areas can be applied to interior architectural lighting. Areas of research will include illusion, color theory, dark adaptation, and magic.

The purpose of this thesis is to provide a condensed color and visual perception study describing how manipulation of light and color by the lighting designer can create seemingly magical effects, pushing reality beyond the norm of perception.




Miriam Ben-Ora. The Magical Effects of Light and Color. June 1994. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 13 Oct 2019.

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