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Trouping with Dante by Marion Trikosko (Book)
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In the golden age of big illusion shows, his was the most golden of all. He had been born Harry Jansen, but the world knew him as "Dante, The Magician." He played every continent on earth with one of the most magnificent magic shows of the twentieth century Sim Sala Bim was a spectacular extravaganza of magic, music and laughter. Every magic-smitten youth from Bangkok to Boston dreamed of being in the show. This is the memoir of one young man whose dream came true. Marion S. Trikosko spent two seasons as a stage assistant to the great man. Today, while excellent magicians still flourish, such huge and elaborate traveling shows as Dante's are extinct. What was the show like? How did it operate? What made Dante the celebrated magician he was, and a remarkable human being? What tricks and illusions did he perform, and what were their secrets? These and many other questions are answered in detail by Trikosko, whose extraordinary powers of observation and remembrance take us vividly behind the scenes. A gifted writer, he guides us revealingly through Dante's magic world and, along the way, gives entertaining and personal glimpses into his own. Hardbound and copiously illustrated, with a gorgeous full-color dust jacket. With an introduction by Lance Burton!
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Lots of great history here. The book isn't written particularly well -- kind of a stream of consciousness kind of writing, so it moves from one story to an unrelated story to another unrelated story -- but the stories themselves are really interesting and the book is a wonderful look at Dante and his shows and adventures, as well as at show business of his day. If you're at all interested in magic history, you'll enjoy (and learn a lot from) this book.
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