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Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear

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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.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-351) and index.

Synopsis:

A magician reveals the backstage story of the science, controversy, personalities, and showmanship in the heyday of stage magic.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786712267
Subtitle:
How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Author:
Steinmeyer, Jim
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Magic tricks
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Magicians
Subject:
HISTORY / Modern / General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1790
Publication Date:
20031009
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of bandw photographs with diagr
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
900x600

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