Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century

Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century
Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century (click images to enlarge)
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Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century

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"Disappearing Methods" reviews the golden age of theatrical magic and soundless film to disclose how expert magicians shaped the early past history of movie theater. Where others have actually called upon magic as just an expressive metaphor for the marvels of movie theater, Matthew Solomon concentrates on the work of the expert illusionists who really made magic with relocating pictures in between 1895 and 1929. The first to disclose totally how powerfully magic influenced the advancement of movie theater, the book incorporates film and theater past history to uncover brand-new proof of the exchanges in between magic and filmmaking in the United States and France during the soundless duration. Chapters describing the stage and display work of Harry Houdini and Georges Melies demonstrate how each changed theatrical magic to create cutting-edge cinematic impacts and exhilarating brand-new exploits for twentieth-century mass audiences. The book likewise considers the formerly forgotten functions of anti-spiritualism and presentational performance in soundless film. Highlighting early movie theater's partnership to the executing body, aesthetic deception, narration, and the occult, Solomon addresses movie theater and phase magic as overlapping practices that together modify our understanding of the origins of motion pictures and cinematic spectacle.

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