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The History of Magic, Mentalism & Illusion
Everyone knows about Houdini- he made sure of that- but he was never the only game in town (and by some accounts, he wasn't that great a magician, either). Want to know who might've been? Read on.   Print this list Print this list
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Houdini on magic,
"Written by the master magician himself, this fascinating work reveals the secrets behind how Houdini escaped numerous death-defying stunts and exposed a variety of fake spiritualists. He also gives instructions for 44 eye-catching stage tricks, as well as other fascinating material."--amazon.com summary
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Cover Art: The Blackstone book of magic & illusion /
The Blackstone book of magic & illusion
Blackstone, Harry.
The complete Blackstone story and the history of magic from the 1920s to today.
Adult Nonfiction Book 793.8 B
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Cover Art: The illustrated history of magic /
The illustrated history of magic
Christopher, Milbourne.
Follow the fascinating stories of the world's greatest necromancers, from sorcerer-priests in ancient Egypt to such modern miracle workers as Houdini and David Copperfield.
Adult Nonfiction Book 793.8 C
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Cover Art: Conjure times : Black magicians in America /
Conjure times : Black magicians in America
Haskins, James, 1941-2005
Throughout American history, black magicians have achieved great skill in both the magician's tricks of the trade as well as the psychology of entertaining an audience. However, because of slavery and, later, racial segregation and discrimination, few have been able to make their living as magicians. Those who have succeeded are rare indeed, and although some have left a mark on history, many exist only as names on old playbills or in newspaper advertisements. Jim Haskins delivers an illuminating portrait of these unheralded pioneers -- a tribute to African-Americans who paved the way for and will inspire future generations.
Adult Nonfiction Book GV1545.A2 H37 2001
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Cover Art: The magician and the cardsharp : the search for America's greatest sleight-of-ha
The magician and the cardsharp : the search for America's greatest sleight-of-ha
Johnson, Karl, 1959-
A famous magician's journey to find the greatest cardsharp ever evokes the forgotten world of magic where Americans found escape during the Great Depression It has the nostalgic quality of an old-fashioned fable, but Karl Johnson's The Magician and the Cardsharp is a true story that lovingly re-creates the sparkle of a vanished world. Here, set against the backdrop of America struggling through the Depression, is the world of magic, a realm of stars, sleight of hand, and sin where dreams could be realized-or stolen away. Following the Crash of '29, Dai Vernon, known by magicians as "the man who fooled Houdini," is tramping down Midwestern backroads, barely making ends meet. While swapping secrets with a Mexican gambler, he hears of a guy he doesn't quite believe is real-a legendary mystery man who deals perfectly from the center of the deck and who locals call the greatest cardsharp of all time. Determined to find the reclusive genius, Vernon sets out on a journey through America's shady, slick, and sinful side-from mob-run Kansas City through railroad towns that looked sleepy only in the daytime. Does he find the sharp? Well, Karl Johnson did-after years of research into Vernon's colorful quest, research that led him to places he never knew existed. Johnson takes us to the cardsharp's doorstep and shows us how he bestowed on Vernon the greatest secret in magic. The Magician and the Cardsharp is a unique and endlessly entertaining piece of history that reveals the artistry and obsession of a special breed of American showmen.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 V5978
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Cover Art: The amazing world of Kreskin.
The amazing world of Kreskin.
Kreskin, 1935-
Adult Nonfiction Book BF1027.K75A3
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Cover Art: The rise of the Indian rope trick : how a spectacular hoax became history /
The rise of the Indian rope trick : how a spectacular hoax became history
Lamont, Peter.
"A rope rises up into the air. A boy climbs up the rope and when the boy gets to the top he vanishes into thin air," explains Lamont, winner of the Jeremy Dalziel prize in British History, about a tall tale that found its way into legend. The rope trick is one of the most successful hoaxes of all time, created by an amateur magician and printed in the Chicago Tribune in 1890. Despite a later admission that the story was false, it continued to spread in newspapers and journals throughout the world. Some claimed to have seen the trick performed on trips to India. Others added their own spin to the tale. Using the original legend as a starting point, Lamont, who has performed as a magician and psychic, explores how easily people will believe stories that are fed to them as truth despite all logical senses and their outright impossibility.
Adult Nonfiction Book 793.80954 L
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Cover Art: The official CIA manual of trickery and deception /
The official CIA manual of trickery and deception
Melton, H. Keith 1944-
The manuals reprinted in this work represent the only known complete copy of Mulholland's instructions for CIA officers on the magician's art of deception and secret communications written to counter Soviet mind-control and interrogation techniques.
Adult Nonfiction Book 327.1273 M 2009
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Cover Art: Prepare to be amazed /
Prepare to be amazed
Schendlinger, Mary, 1948-
Meet 10 of the most influential magicians of the modern age.
Children's Nonfiction Book793.8 S
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Cover Art: Art & artifice and other essays on illusion : concerning the inventors, traditio
Art & artifice and other essays on illusion : concerning the inventors, traditio
Steinmeyer, Jim, 1958-
From the author of Hiding the Elephant and The Glorious Deception comes a collection of five essays that shows how the great stage illusions were integrally products of their time, based on the traditions and fashions of the people, and the offspring of the incredible, inventive personalities who brought them to the stage. Like no other author, Jim Steinmeyer gives us insight into the timeless appeal of magic. His human subjects include such characters as Steele MacKaye, Maskelyne, David Devant, P.T. Selbit, Horace Goldin, and Charles Morritt. Illusions he discusses include: The Mascot Moth, Sawing a Lady in Halves, and Morritt's Disappearing Donkey.
Adult Nonfiction Book 793.8 S
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Cover Art: Hiding the elephant : how magicians invented the impossible and learned to disap
Hiding the elephant : how magicians invented the impossible and learned to disap
Steinmeyer, Jim, 1958-
Harry Houdini was the greatest escape artist in history, yet known to his contemporaries as a terrible stage magician. Nevertheless, in 1917 he performed a single illusion that has been hotly debated ever since: Under the bright spotlights of New York's Theatre Hippodrome, he made a live elephant disappear. Where did he learn this amazing trick and how did it work? The answers lie in magic expert Jim Steinmeyer's chronicle of illusionary innovation, backstage chicanery and espionage, elevated showmanship, and keen competition within the world of magicians. Steinmeyer has captured the cultural history of magic during its "Golden Age" in America and abroad. Readers will learn the secrets and life stories of the fascinating personalities behind optical marvels such as floating ghosts appearing onstage and interacting with live actors, disembodied heads, and vanishing ladies. The people and events surrounding each step toward "The Vanishing Elephant" reveal how simple principles, mixed with ingenious psychology, can entertain and deceive. Houdini's great feat of invisibility was based on a secret passed onto him by Charles Morritt, and the trick remained their secret for more than eighty years. In this book, Steinmeyer reveals Houdini's mystery and more.
Adult Nonfiction Book 793.809 S
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Cover Art: The glorious deception : the double life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo
The glorious deception : the double life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo
Steinmeyer, Jim, 1958-
In a biography woven from equal parts enchantment and mystery, Jim Steinmeyer unveils the secrets behind the most enigmatic performer in the history of stage magic, Chung Ling Soo, the "Marvelous Chinese Conjurer"-a magician whose daring made his contemporary Houdini seem like the boy next door. Soo's infamous and suspicious onstage death in 1918 mystified his fellow magicians: he was shot during a performance of "Defying the Bullets," in which he attempted to catch marked bullets on a porcelain plate. When Soo died, his deceptions began to unravel. It was discovered that he was not Chinese but a fifty-eight-year-old American named William Ellsworth Robinson, a former magicians' assistant and the husband of Olive Robinson. But even William Robinson was not who he appeared to be, for he had kept a second family with a mistress in a fashionable home near London. Here is a look at the rough-and-tumble world of turn-of-the-century entertainments, the West's discovery of Oriental culture, and Soo's strange descent into secrecy as he rose to stardom-written by the foremost chronicler of magic's history and culture. Due to the scandals surrounding Robinson's death, this is the first time his full story has ever been told. Photographs are included.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 So59
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Cover Art: The%20last%20greatest%20magician%20in%20the%20world%20%3A%20Howard%20Thurston%20versus%20Houdini%20%26%20the%20b
The last greatest magician in the world : Howard Thurston versus Houdini & the b
Steinmeyer, Jim.
A biography of magician Howard Thurston that explores the stage and psychological rivalry between Thurston and Harry Houdini during the first decades of the twentieth century.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 T4275 2011
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