That's a Wrap

Dallas Art Fair wraps with magical party marked by tricks and treats

Dallas Art Fair wraps with magical party marked by tricks and treats

Justin Drip, Catie Conlon
Justin Drip, Catie Conlon Photo by Daniel Driensky
Shara Nova
Shara Nova Photo by Daniel Driensky
Ceron, Erica Henley, Taylor Hudgins
Ceron, Erica Henley, Taylor Hudgins Photo by Scot and Kristi Redman
Justine Ludwig
Justine Ludwig Photo by Daniel Driensky
Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum 1263
Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum Photo by Daniel Driensky
Michael Sills, Shelle Sills
Michael Sills, Shelle Sills Photo by Daniel Driensky
Infinity cupcake wall at Eye Ball 2016
An infinity wall of cupcakes was among the tricks — and treats. Photo by Scot and Kristi Redman
Kevin Dodson, Kim Dodson
Kevin Dodson, Kim Dodson Photo by Daniel Driensky
Chandra North
Chandra North Photo by Daniel Driensky
Bartenders at Eye Ball 2016
This is what the bartenders looked like. Photo by Daniel Driensky
Model at Eye Ball 2016
And this is a model. Photo by Daniel Driensky
Lisa Runyon, John Runyon
Lisa Runyon, John Runyon Photo by Daniel Driensky
Kenny Goss, Bill Hutchinson, Joyce Goss
Kenny Goss, Bill Hutchinson, Joyce Goss Photo by Daniel Driensky
Christine Visneau, Steven Visneau, Jennifer Dunn
Christine Visneau, Steven Visneau, Jennifer Dunn Photo by Daniel Driensky
Jenny Kirtland, John Kirtland
Jenny Kirtland, John Kirtland Photo by Daniel Driensky
Kendall Morgan, Tim O'Heir
Kendall Morgan, Tim O'Heir Photo by Daniel Driensky
Floating object photo booth at Eye Ball 2016
The floating object photo booth. Photo by Daniel Driensky
Ariel Saldivar, Shara Nova
Ariel Saldivar, Shara Nova Photo by Daniel Driensky
Justin Drip, Catie Conlon
Shara Nova
Ceron, Erica Henley, Taylor Hudgins
Justine Ludwig
Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum 1263
Michael Sills, Shelle Sills
Infinity cupcake wall at Eye Ball 2016
Kevin Dodson, Kim Dodson
Chandra North
Bartenders at Eye Ball 2016
Model at Eye Ball 2016
Lisa Runyon, John Runyon
Kenny Goss, Bill Hutchinson, Joyce Goss
Christine Visneau, Steven Visneau, Jennifer Dunn
Jenny Kirtland, John Kirtland
Kendall Morgan, Tim O'Heir
Floating object photo booth at Eye Ball 2016
Ariel Saldivar, Shara Nova

The tone for the 2016 Eye Ball was set the moment guests received their invitations. Written with invisible, heat-activated ink — only when touched did it reveal Harry Houdini’s famous quote, “What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes” — it hinted at the magic to come.

Every year this party around Tony Tasset’s Eye sculpture across from The Joule hotel downtown serves as the grand finale to Dallas Art Fair. By and large, it is everyone’s favorite of the weekend, as it’s always full of surprises.

The magic began when Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond started singing, then disappeared in a puff of smoke and reappeared on another stage across the lawn. Using sleight-of-hand and mind-reading tricks, performers from the Magic Castle, clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts, worked the crowd of 500 revelers. Other party tricks included a 50-foot perception-changing tunnel entrance (which one attendee called “the coolest part”), large-scale Mylar balloon installation, infinity wall of cupcakes, and color-changing cocktails served by floating models.

Even the toilets were an “art installation,” done by Swoon the Studio (which was also responsible for the invitation). “Seeing what they do with toilets really is a fun part of the event each year,” says Kendall Morgan. “Last year they were glow in the dark. Who knew porta potties would be cool?”

Spotted on the scene were Brian BolkeFaisal Halum, Kristen and Joe Cole, Peter Doroshenko, Frank Elbaz, Kenny Goss, Joyce Goss, Tim Headington, Julie and Michael Tregoning, Bill Hutchinson, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Debora Hunter, Peggy Leboeuf, Max Levai, Justine Ludwig, Sarah and Michael Moldovan, Janelle and Alden Pinnell, Jenny and John KirtlandMarlene and John Sughrue, Christen Wilson, Nicole and Jonas Woods, Chandra North, Bridget Hall, and Johannes Vogt.

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