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Hiding the Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer(Softbound) - Book
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Jim Steinmeyer's 2003 book is a journey thorough the rich history of magicians, their creations and their quest for the impossible. Starting with Houdini's famous and infamous illusion of making an elephant disappear, Jim traces the various inventions in "optical conjuring," from Pepper's Ghost to Tobin's Proteus Cabinet and the famous wonders at Egyptian Hall. The book discusses the creative masters of the art, including David Devant, Charles Morritt and Guy Jarrett. The book has received rave reviews. Publisher's Weekly called it "a find." Magician Teller, of Penn and Teller, reviewed it in the New York Times and called it "a loving celebration," concluding that "no author has ever better conveyed magic's joys, terrors and longings." Published by Carroll and Graf. Author's diagrams and magicians' portraits by William Stout.

Pages 362 - Soft Bound

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This book, is HUGE. You get great value for the 13 bucks you pay for it. I'm surprised Jim Steinmeyer is still making money with how much this goes for.

In this book, you learn about the different past times of Magicians and our secrets. There are different items in here that pertain to old texts and findings, to old pictures and illusions. There is amazing production value.

You can't go wrong with this!
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