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The Blackstone book of magic & illusion / Harry Blackstone, Jr., with Charles and Regina Reynolds ; foreword by Ray Bradbury ; magic effects illustrated by Eric Mason.

By: Blackstone, Harry.
Contributor(s): Reynolds, Charles R | Reynolds, Regina.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Newmarket Press, 1985Edition: 1st ed.Description: viii, 230 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0937858455; 9780937858455; 1557044929; 9781557044921.Subject(s): Magic tricks -- History | Magic tricks | Blackstone, Harry | Magicians -- United States -- Biography | Magicians -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Blackstone book of magic & illusion.DDC classification: 793.8 LOC classification: GV1543 | .B57 1985
Contents:
Foreword / Ray Bradbury -- Introduction: World of magic: What magic really is -- Your place in magic -- From caveman to modern conjuror: Short history of the art of illusion: Mysticism and ritual: Art of magic begins -- Church suppression and magic's first literature -- From street corners to the courts of kings: Magic as entertainment -- Magic enters the theatres -- First great stars: Magic takes on an image -- Great Blackstone: Vaudeville and the rise of the big magic shows: Backstage: Growing up with the company -- Big sell: Advertising and promoting magic -- Decline and rebirth: Nightclubs and early television -- Finding my own place in magic: Second Blackstone builds a show -- New stars: Today's world of magic -- Science of illusion: Why and how of magic: Production -- Vanish -- Transposition -- Transformation -- Restoration -- Animation -- -- Penetration -- Anti-gravity -- Sympathetic reaction -- Time control -- Escapes -- Mentalism -- Invulnerability to physical laws -- Psychological principles: Sensory illusions -- Misdirection -- Performing magic: Magic up close -- Cups and balls -- Card magic: Lie detector -- Wrong into right -- Double reverse -- Detective card -- Computer aces -- Card through the handkerchief -- Tricks with coins -- Tricks with small objects: Penetrating matches -- Ring on ribbon -- Magic at the table -- Double ropes: Exploration of a classic magic principle -- Final thoughts and secrets -- Bibliography -- Appendices: Magic societies -- Magic Conventions -- Magic magazines -- Magic dealers -- Index.
Summary: Finally back in print, the complete Blackstone story and the history of magic from the 1920s to today. This much in-demand classic gift book contains over 250 photos & drawings exploring the complete Blackstone story and a vivid and varied appreciation of the history, science, and art of illusion and magic from ancient Egypt to vaudeville to Broadway, Las Vegas, and television. It contains 20 classic magic routines in detailed execution. Traces the history of magic, describes the acts of prominent magicians, and demonstrates some basic cup, card, and coin tricks.
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GV1543 .B57 1985 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001201482

Includes bibliographical references (p. 220-224) and index.

Foreword / Ray Bradbury -- Introduction: World of magic: What magic really is -- Your place in magic -- From caveman to modern conjuror: Short history of the art of illusion: Mysticism and ritual: Art of magic begins -- Church suppression and magic's first literature -- From street corners to the courts of kings: Magic as entertainment -- Magic enters the theatres -- First great stars: Magic takes on an image -- Great Blackstone: Vaudeville and the rise of the big magic shows: Backstage: Growing up with the company -- Big sell: Advertising and promoting magic -- Decline and rebirth: Nightclubs and early television -- Finding my own place in magic: Second Blackstone builds a show -- New stars: Today's world of magic -- Science of illusion: Why and how of magic: Production -- Vanish -- Transposition -- Transformation -- Restoration -- Animation -- -- Penetration -- Anti-gravity -- Sympathetic reaction -- Time control -- Escapes -- Mentalism -- Invulnerability to physical laws -- Psychological principles: Sensory illusions -- Misdirection -- Performing magic: Magic up close -- Cups and balls -- Card magic: Lie detector -- Wrong into right -- Double reverse -- Detective card -- Computer aces -- Card through the handkerchief -- Tricks with coins -- Tricks with small objects: Penetrating matches -- Ring on ribbon -- Magic at the table -- Double ropes: Exploration of a classic magic principle -- Final thoughts and secrets -- Bibliography -- Appendices: Magic societies -- Magic Conventions -- Magic magazines -- Magic dealers -- Index.

Finally back in print, the complete Blackstone story and the history of magic from the 1920s to today. This much in-demand classic gift book contains over 250 photos & drawings exploring the complete Blackstone story and a vivid and varied appreciation of the history, science, and art of illusion and magic from ancient Egypt to vaudeville to Broadway, Las Vegas, and television. It contains 20 classic magic routines in detailed execution. Traces the history of magic, describes the acts of prominent magicians, and demonstrates some basic cup, card, and coin tricks.

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