It is not really magic. But for many, it is the greatest magic trick ever seen. The year is 1901, the same year the great inventor Nikola Tesla was conducting tests to transmit electrical power without wires at an experimental station in Colorado Springs. On the evening of Tesla’s first experiment, bolts of human-made lightning more than one hundred feet high came shooting out from the station. The experiment burned down the generator at the El Paso Electric Company, and the whole city lost power as a result.
Meanwhile, in a theater somewhere in London, a magician comes on stage to a full house. Facing the audience, he takes off his tailcoat jacket and hands it to his assistant. Two doors stand at opposite ends of the stage. The magician exits through one door and immediately reappears through the other. The audience looks around the stage. Perplexed, they try to discover the secret. But of course they don’t. And they don’t really want to know. For in order for the trick to work, they have to believe that what they see is not an illusion. The theater fills with the sound of applause.
It is the greatest magic trick ever seen. But it is not magic in the true sense of the word; only the appearance of it. The trick is called The Transported Man.
With Dave Allen, William Anastasi, Keith Arnatt, Robert Barry, Jason Dodge, Marcel Duchamp, Daniel Firman, Urs Fischer, Ceal Floyer, Luca Francesconi, Ryan Gander, Robert Gober, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Christian Jankowski, Leopold Kessler, Joachim Koester, Alicja Kwade, Anna Maria Maiolino, Piero Manzoni, René Magritte, Tony Matelli, Georges Méliès, Adam McEwen, Robin Meier and André Gwerder, Jonathan Monk, Melvin Moti, Gianni Motti, Bruce Nauman, Fernando Ortega, Robert Overby, Charlotte Posenenske, Werner Reiterer, Hannah Rickards, Ugo Rondinone, Arcangelo Sassolino, Roman Signer, Paul Thek, Oscar Tuazon, Wolf Vostell, Ian Wilson, and a seven hundred year old Bishop.
The Transported Man is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler, Director. Support for this exhibition is provided by the MSU Federal Credit Union; the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Audemars Piguet; the Eli and Edythe Broad Endowed Exhibition Fund; and the MSU Broad's general exhibitions fund.