Art and Artifice and Other Essays of Illusion

Art and Artifice and Other Essays of Illusion From the author of Hiding the Elephant and The Glorious Deception comes a collection of five essays that shows how the great stage illusions were integrally products of their time based on the tradit

  • Title: Art and Artifice and Other Essays of Illusion
  • Author: Jim Steinmeyer Neil Gaiman
  • ISBN: 9780786718061
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the author of Hiding the Elephant and The Glorious Deception comes a collection of five essays that shows how the great stage illusions were integrally products of their time, based on the traditions and fashions of the people, and the offspring of the incredible, inventive personalities who brought them to the stage Like no other author, Jim Steinmeyer gives us insiFrom the author of Hiding the Elephant and The Glorious Deception comes a collection of five essays that shows how the great stage illusions were integrally products of their time, based on the traditions and fashions of the people, and the offspring of the incredible, inventive personalities who brought them to the stage Like no other author, Jim Steinmeyer gives us insight into the timeless appeal of magic His human subjects include such characters as Steele MacKaye, Maskelyne, David Devant, P.T Selbit, Horace Goldin, and Charles Morritt Illusions he discusses include The Mascot Moth, Sawing a Lady in Halves, and Morritt s Disappearing Donkey.

    One thought on “Art and Artifice and Other Essays of Illusion”

    1. Excellently written as I've come to expect from Jim Steinmeyer. However, a lot of the information in here was quite similar to Hiding the Elephant, which I read a few months ago.

    2. Kind of an odd little book, though I suppose I'm coming at it somewhat obliquely. I read The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction, which included Neil Gaiman's introduction to this book, and was sufficiently intrigues to hunt it down. I suspect the reader might benefit from a bit of prior knowledge about the working of stage magic because some of this went by a little quickly. Though, again, if I actually had interest in learning that stage magic I would have taken the time to carefull [...]

    3. ART & ARTIFICE is a collection of essays by Jim Steinmeyer, a designer/inventor of illusions and special effects for magicians of renown like Doug Henning, Lance Burton, and David Copperfield. Steinmeyer is created Copperfield’s famous "Vanishing the Statue of Liberty."There are five essays in the collection, focusing on a handful of illusionists and theater moguls at the turn of the century. An avid amateur magician when I was young, I found this book to be interesting and worth the short [...]

    4. Great read. It's been a long time since I read "Houdini on Magic" This made me want to read more about the history of illusionists. It's not every day that I think of Doug Henning, and I'm impressed!Favorite quotes:"Magicians guard an empty safe."Made me aware of this one: "Who would save an ass against his will?" - Horace

    5. A well-executed history of magic tricks and the people who think them up. You feel almost as if you're attending the show or getting to know the eccentric magician, the one who keeps shards of mirror under his pillow so he can play with them at night, thinking up new ways to make donkeys disappear.

    6. Kind of dull in it's writing, facsinating in its specificity. I especially liked the essay about the Saw. The others more or less put me to sleep.

    7. A nice mix of history of magic and craft. I have no idea why I've decided to read books about stage magic.

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