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Current Display:

A Life of Magic – a Photo Exhibit by Michael Messing

The October and November art exhibit at Oak Ridge Public Library features the photographs of Michael Messing. For more than thirty years, Michael Messing has practiced the art of magic and the art of photography. “In the many years I have been performing magic, the one thing that struck me is how few magicians had promotional photos that were more than just standard portraits,” said Messing. “Performers need photos that are striking, unique and a great representation of their performing personalities.”

In 2008, Messing started focusing on photographing magicians and performers. “I decided to combine my love of magic with my love of photography and give these performers the types of fun and unique photos they need. I began setting up a portable photography studio at magic conventions, giving magicians, clowns, face painters and balloon artists an easy opportunity to get the professional promotional photographs they need. It didn’t take long to take off!”

With the creative assistance of  fellow magician Tom Vorjohan (who comes up with many of the ideas for the photo sessions), Messing has photographed more than 225 magicians, face painters, clowns, balloon artists and even one of the world’s only female escape artists. “The photos in this exhibit are some of my favorites we have captured,” he said.

In addition to creating striking promotional photos for performers, Messing has also photographed many live performances of magic shows and dance programs. He is the official photographer of “The Linking Ring”, the official magazine of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the official photographer of the Austin-East Magnet High School Dance Company.

Please visit the Library during the months of October and November to enjoy these magical photographs. The Library is located at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike in the Civic Center. For more information, call 865-425-3455 or visit the Library’s website,


Would you like to share your collection or advertise your talent?
Not only will your collection be viewed and appreciated by library patrons, but information about the collection will also be shared on the library’s website and the Oak Ridger newspaper.

Please call the library at 425-3455 to reserve a month for your display.