Hiding the Elephant has ratings and 82 reviews. Now in paperback comes Jim Steinmeyer’s astonishing chronicle of half a century of illusionary. Jim Steinmeyer Hiding the Elephant is the masterwork of a man who has dedicated his life to magic, who knows the tricks inside out, and still. HIDING THE ELEPHANT: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear. Jim Steinmeyer, Author. Carroll & Graf $

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Each chapter documents a step, whether incremental progress, set-back, near-miss, or breakthrough, by the contributing magicians, ranging from world-renowned larger-than-life personalities to the.

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

But do yourself a favor and don’t jump ahead. But along the way, Steinmeyer explained the evolution of magic performance from Frenchman Robert-Houdin in the early 19th century, to the Davenport Brothers, to Stephen Morritt, to the Steinmdyer Family, to David Devant, to Thurston, and many others along the way.

Pages – Soft Bound. But the best part is seeing how one illusion builds on another and how the personalities, rivalries, and plain ingenuity of magicians throughout the s So good I’ve read it more than once. No eBook available Amazon. The reason for this becomes clear later, but a reader would have been better served by just cutting to the chase.

Now in paperback comes Jim Steinmeyer’s astonishing chronicle of half a century of hidung innovation, backstage chicanery, and keen competition within the world of magicians.

Additionally, Steinmeyer tracks the evolution of the large box tricks, from the original use of mirrors circato boxes using mirrors that evolved all the way up to Houdini’s elephant, explaining the phrase, “It’s all done with mirrors”–because in those days, it tue Steinmeyer reveals certain secrets, which rely on engineering, artistry and sheer chutzpah, but he hasn’t betrayed anyone; most of his information has been published elsewhere. Neither of us could put it down.


A really, really outstanding book, both a history of magic from about to the s, as well as a technical examination of how many of the finest illusions were performed. I enjoyed how the author himself was elephwnt person who invented magic tricks for others to use.

In fact, I must say that with my almost-lifetime love of magic – in all of its various forms – this book certainly sheds “new light” on the subject, and gave me a very sobering look into the “back stories” of the art.

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Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Just complete your order as normal, and within seconds you’ll get an email with your gift certificate. A chapter that begins with the picture of Georges Melies, with a quotation from this pioneer of visual special effects, ends up not being about Melies.

The dramatic mix of science and history, with revealing diagrams, photographs and magicians’ portraits by William Stout, provides a glimpse behind the curtain at the backstage story of magic.

Jim Steinmeyer was born and raised just outside of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated in from Loyola University of Chicago, with a major in communications. A fascinating history of how magicians have created illusions starting from back in the days of fake spiritualists who manifested ghosts, through the complex inventions of levitators and, of course, Houdini’s feat of making a circus elephant vanish, which gives the book it’s title.

Some of the concepts involved, mirrors, light tricks, trapdoors, are now hundreds of years old but to see them in the hands of a great magician would still make your jaw drop. Not only does he give an incredible account of history, Steinmeyer does so with entertaining narrative.


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

Jim Steinmeyer’s book is a journey thorough the rich history of magicians, their creations and their quest for the impossible. When he tries to connect on a hixing level, he seems to be trying too hard. He builds concept upon concept, telling the story of individual magicians and illusions, until at the end he can confirm the solution to Houdini’s disappearing elephant.

Steinmeyer overuses commas, for one thing. He is responsible for the famous steinmeyrr of the Statue of Liberty that got so much press, as well as illusions for Broadway plays Beauty and the Beast, for example and many other tricks.

Interesting yhe at early 20th century magic. The mechanics behind the illusions Tough to give a star review for this. I’m a fast reader, but it took me almost a month to get through this book, because I kept putting it down and having to force myself to pick it up again.

Thorsten “If this be magic, let it be an art Add both to Cart Add both to List. By using our website you agree to our hidin of cookies. Normally, I can read a book without glasses by simply enlarging the font.

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