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

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

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Now in paperback comes Jim Steinmeyer's astonishing chronicle of half a century of illusionary development, backstage chicanery, and also eager competition within the world of magicians. Lauded by today's finest magicians and also critics, Concealing the Elephant is a cultural past of the efforts amongst famous magicians to make points materialize, levitate, and also disappear. Steinmeyer reveals the keys and also life stories of the fascinating individualities behind optical wonders such as floating ghosts interacting with live actors, disembodied heads, and also disappearing girls. He demystifies Pepper's Ghost, Harry Kellar's Levitation of Princess Karnak, Charles Morritt's Disappearing Donkey, and also Houdini's spots disappearing of Jennie the elephant in 1918. The dramatic mix of scientific research and also past, with disclosing layouts, pictures and also magicians' portraits by William Stout, supplies a look behind the drape at the backstage tale of magic.

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