In recent years, a new form of entertainment has developed on the Internet that can be located somewhere between magician and compositing artist. Maybe the term video illusionist is a good match for artists like Captain Disillusion or Kevin Parry, who always produce crisp short web clips that surprisingly turn physics or other visual habits upside down.
To produce such clips you not only have to have a good knack for After Effects and Co., but you also have to invest some brainpower to create the desired effect - similar to developing a magic trick.
For the viewer, on the other hand, it is also always a pleasure to watch such video tricks and to question: "How did he manage that again? Once a "trick" is seen through, there is usually a flood of imitators, which is an honor for a true video illusionist and at the same time an incentive to develop even more sophisticated video illusions. But video illusions are also an excellent platform for presentation as a business card for your own work.
A worthwhile selection of his lush 2020 "work" has been compiled by Kevin Perry on Twitter.
But unlike a true magician, some video illusionists are even quite open-minded when it comes to explaining their tricks. For example, Kevin Perry on his Youtube channel publishes a detailed Making of for almost every clip. Wonderful material, if you have to go into quarantine or isolation again...