Finally back in printthis much-in-demand classic coincides with November release of Harry Potter movie and the explosive popularity of magic and magiciansideal giftbook for all ages! This unique volume, with over 250 photos and drawings, includes the complete Blackstone story, along with a vivid and varied appreciation of the history, science, and art of illusion, from the temples of ancient Egypt to the vaudeville stages of the 1920s to Broadway, Las Vegas, and television, including profiles of the greatest stage magicians, sleight-of-hand entertainers, and mentalists. The book discusses the why and how of magic (vanishing, transformation, escapes, mentalism, etc.), and the psychological principles behind effects such as sensory illusions and misdirection. In addition, the book contains 20 classic magic routines in detailed execution. Among them:
The cups and balls
The classic coin-palm
Sawing a woman in half with a rope rather than a saw
The ring on a ribbon
The Hindu card shuffle
And eight other confounding card tricks
250 b/w photos and drawings.
Author Biography: Harry Blackstone, Jr., was twice named Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts at Hollywood's Magic Castle. He also received the prestigious Star of Magic from the Society of American Magicians. Charles and Regina Reynolds are the authors of 100 Years of Magic Posters. Charles has created magic for both Blackstone and Doug Henning, and is the co-author, with Henning, of Houdini: His Legend and His Magic.