They say “necessity is the mother of invention,” and magic performance certainly necessitates many things.
Audiences must think that an illusion stems from a person, not the devices or props they use. So, if someone wants to disappear, a device must be invented that makes little noise, is easy to conceal, will not be observable from the seats, can completely bring the subject to another area or cover their entire body, and so on. Any time these conditions are violated, it destroys the illusion.
These extreme demands naturally require inventiveness, and that is why many magicians are also inventors and sometimes vice-versa. So, let us examine this phenomenon further and briefly cover the history of famous magician inventors from the industrial revolution to the current days of mentalism in Miami.