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Hiding the elephant: how magicians invented the impossible and learned to disappear

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Carroll & Graf Publishers,
Pub. Date:
2003.
Edition:
1st Carroll & Graf ed.
Language:
English
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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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subject_facetMagic tricks
Magic tricks -- History
Magicians
title_displayHiding the elephant : how magicians invented the impossible and learned to disappear
title_fullHiding the elephant : how magicians invented the impossible and learned to disappear / Jim Steinmeyer ; magicians' portraits by William Stout
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Magic tricks
Magicians