Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible by Jim Steinmeyer

By Jim Steinmeyer

Now in paperback comes Jim Steinmeyer's unbelievable chronicle of part a century of illusionary innovation, behind the scenes chicanery, and prepared festival in the global of magicians. Lauded by way of today's most interesting magicians and critics, Hiding the Elephant is a cultural background of the efforts between mythical conjurers to make issues materialize, levitate, and disappear. Steinmeyer unveils the secrets and techniques and lifestyles tales of the attention-grabbing personalities at the back of optical marvels resembling floating ghosts interacting with stay actors, disembodied heads, and vanishing girls. He demystifies Pepper's Ghost, Harry Kellar's Levitation of Princess Karnak, Charles Morritt's Disappearing Donkey, and Houdini's landmark vanishing of Jennie the elephant in 1918. The dramatic mixture of technology and background, with revealing diagrams, pictures and magicians' photographs by way of William Stout, offers a glimpse behind the scenes on the behind the curtain tale of magic.

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