Hiding the Elephant has ratings and 82 reviews. Now in paperback comes Jim Steinmeyer’s astonishing chronicle of half a century of illusionary. Jim Steinmeyer Hiding the Elephant is the masterwork of a man who has dedicated his life to magic, who knows the tricks inside out, and still. HIDING THE ELEPHANT: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear. Jim Steinmeyer, Author. Carroll & Graf $
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Magicians understand the careful interactions of secret and performance and have learned to appreciate the art for these subtleties. Tough to give a star review for this. It gives away hidkng enough secrets to be interesting tye keeps just enough secrets to remain mysterious. But for magic lovers who revel in learning the magician’s art, this book—part research study, part salute—is a find.
Only when it finished and the lights would come on would be found still tied up without an explanation for the odd happenings. This is a history of stage magic from the ‘s through about World War II. Adventures in ASIC digital design. There is one, however: Harry Houdini, another Hungarian, was a prominent Magician included. Nov 02, Tracey rated it liked it Shelves: Tje reading such a book, one is struck that 19th-century audiences had no radio, TV, or movies, neither social media or computers, and because of that, there was a rabid hankering for vaudeville and live performance.
HIDING THE ELEPHANT: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear
Steinmeyer brings you into the book by framing it with a historical trick he hidiing. It’s just enough information to inspire you to see if not try magic, and yet not enough to spoil or expose most modern routines. An interesting history of professional magic. Little Door by R. Jim Steinmeyer No preview available – The Complete Jarrett is a great historical book by Steinmeyer.
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How Magicians invented the impossible! Chapter biographies of magicians of the past. Steinmeyer unveils the secrets and life stories of the fascinating personalities behind optical marvels such as floating ghosts interacting with live actors, disembodied heads, and vanishing ladies.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If the performance is successful, it is because the storytelling has been successful. I am about half way through and enjoying myself immensely! Dec 4, Jim Steinmeyer’s book is a journey thorough the rich history of magicians, their creations and their quest for the impossible. My personal favorite of all the magicians was the Davenports who created a mystical seance where they could contact the deceased without any explanation of how or why or when.
I am looking forward to your postings. As for the explanations of the tricks, I still don’t understand anything. Steinmeyer takes a chronological look at the history of these, sometimes, seemingly impossible vanishing illusions, as well as the tricks used by those who caused disembodied heads to appear, ghosts to float, ladies to be sawed-in-half My library Help Advanced Book Search.
Start reading Hiding the Elephant on your Kindle in under a minute. Jim Steinmeyer” is a renowned historian of stage magic and the critically acclaimed author of “The Glorious Deception” and “Hiding the Elephant,” a “Los Angeles Times” bestseller. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.
Da Capo Press September 15, Language: This is a fascinating history of the “golden age of magic” from steinmeye the last third of the 19th Century to about the first third of the 20th Century. But perhaps that’s how he likes it.
Pages – Soft Bound. The illustrator I recognized as William Stout, who created one of my favorite dinosaur books the one with the emaciated art nouveau dinosaurs. The writing is engaging and I appreciated the occasional sketches.
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There were a few clever illusions like the elusive moth This is a history of stage magic from the ‘s through about World Uim II. Diagrams and recounts of his attempts to reconstruct illusions also helped me appreciate the painstaking nature of the work involved.
But the best part is seeing how one illusion builds on another and how the personalities, rivalries, and plain ingenuity of magicians throughout the s and s drove to create something so unique and Steinmeyer unveils the secrets and life stories of the fascinating personalities behind optical marvels such as floating ghosts interacting with live actors, disembodied heads, and vanishing ladies.
When researching Victorian stage magicians, I came across Jim Steinmeyer’s book. The mechanics behind the illusions, less so – I guess I don’t want to know how it’s done! It is written in a meta-magical manner, leading the reader, without them noticing, to the performance of one of the greatest tricks ever performed. Add both to Cart Add both to List.
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Along the way, he gets lost in the weeds of explaining the tricks.