Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible

Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear Now in paperback comes Jim Steinmeyer s astonishing chronicle of half a century of illusionary innovation, backstage chicanery, and keen competition within the world of magicians Lauded by today s finest magicians and critics, Hiding the Elephant is a cultural history of the efforts among legendary conjurers to make things materialize, levitate, and disappear Steinmeyer unveils the secrets and life stories of the fascinating personalities behind optical marvels such as floating ghosts interacting with live actors, disembodied heads, and vanishing ladies He demystifies Pepper s Ghost, Harry Kellar s Levitation of Princess Karnak, Charles Morritt s Disappearing Donkey, and Houdini s landmark vanishing of Jennie the elephant inThe 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 ✬ Classic Essential Vegetables Books ✮ Author Family Circle – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk backstage chicanery ❴PDF / Epub❵ ★ The Murder Exchange Author Simon Kernick – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and keen competition within the world of magicians Lauded by today s finest magicians and critics ❰Reading❯ ➻ The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, Author James Douglas – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Hiding the Elephant is a cultural history of the efforts among legendary conjurers to make things materialize [PDF / Epub] ☄ The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, Author James Douglas – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk levitate [Reading] ➻ The Cold War By David Miller – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and disappear Steinmeyer unveils the secrets and life stories of the fascinating personalities behind optical marvels such as floating ghosts interacting with live actors [Read] ➲ The Soul of Leadership By Deepak Chopra – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk disembodied heads ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Night Listener Author Armistead Maupin – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and vanishing ladies He demystifies Pepper s Ghost ✾ [EPUB] ✶ Under Currents By Nora Roberts ❦ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Harry Kellar s Levitation of Princess Karnak ❮KINDLE❯ ❆ The Confidential Agent Author Graham Greene – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Charles Morritt s Disappearing Donkey [Epub] ➛ The Light In The Window ➜ June Goulding – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and Houdini s landmark vanishing of Jennie the elephant inThe dramatic mix of science and history ❰EPUB❯ ✵ The Lion and the Unicorn Author Richard Aldous – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk with revealing diagrams ❰EPUB❯ ✴ Three Entertainments Author Graham Greene – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk photographs and magicians portraits by William Stout ❰Read❯ ➪ Lissa Author Sherine Hamdy – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk provides a glimpse behind the curtain at the backstage story of magic


About the Author: Jim Steinmeyer

Jim Steinmeyer was born and raised just outside of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated in 1980 from Loyola University of Chicago, with a major in communications He is literally the man behind the magicians having invented impossibilities for four Doug Henning television specials, six touring shows, two Henning Broadway shows, and numerous television and Las Vegas appearances.For one of David Copperfield s television specials, Jim proposed the scenario and secret by which the Statue of Liberty could disappear Jim has also served as a consultant for Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield and Lance Burton He developed magic for Orson Welles, Harry Blackstone, and the Pendragons and many, many others In addition to his books and many accomplishments on stage and screen, Jim currently holds four U.S patents in the field of illusion apparatus, and has also served as an expert witness in this field.He currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Frankie Glass, an independent television producer who has worked extensively in Great Britain and the U.S.



10 thoughts on “Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear

  1. says:

    If you have any interest in the secretive history of magic, this is your book Jim Steinmeyer is an ideally qualified author he is not only an historian of magic, but has professionally designed illusions for some of the top names in stage magic The list includes Doug Henning, Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield an


  2. says:

    A history of magic from 1850 1925, told by a modern magician Heavy on biography, but many sharp insights on the big questions of a small subculture When is deception in good faith Are secrets entertaining in themselves In the new millennium, do people even expect to understand how things work


  3. says:

    When I first started reading this book, I didn t quite know what it was trying to accomplish, but along the way, I enjoyed the ride I learned things about 19th century magicians, audiences, and entertainment trends When reading such a book, one is struck that 19th century audiences had no radio, TV, or movies, neither


  4. says:

    I thought this book was ambitious in scope, but ultimately failed to deliver This history of magic seemed to me littlethan a jumble of results from the author s no doubt extensive research and experience.The format is kind of a mess I got worried when I saw the little oval pictures and bio information of the various magi


  5. says:

    This dense book about the Golden Age of magic is no doubt the result of author Jim Steinmeyer s years exhaustive research Yet, it can at times read like a history textbook It is clear that Steinmeyer is not the greatest non fiction writer out there His chapters do not work like chapters should because they are not divided


  6. says:

    Recommended for fans of Erik Larson s style, amateur magicians, and anyone who preferred David Copperfield remember him to David Blaine.A decent, if somewhat tangled, history of mostly American and English magicians of the later 1800s and earlier 1900s So many of the stories intertwine that I had some difficulty in keeping w


  7. says:

    Like the magicians he chronicles, Steinmeyer provides the reader with both too much and too little detail to actually reproduce the illusions he describes I m not sure if this really matters, however, since I won t be making my own elephant disappear anytime soon.Interesting look at early 20th century magic Some of the concept


  8. says:

    If you re looking for a book on how to do magic tricks, there s plenty of those, but this isn t one of them Without wishing to diminish Mr Steinmeyer s work, I ll warn you up front that it s of almost no practical use if your interest is learning how to do magic tricks That s not to say however that it isn t an interesting and e


  9. says:

    A really interesting look at the recent history of stage magicians The author uses each chapter to describe a certain magician s style and, in some cases, secrets One of thefascinating aspects is to consider how much mass entertainment has changed in the last 150 years Also interesting is how little it has changed people have been


  10. says:

    Like a good magic trick, Steinmeyer s book lets you think you re in the know about some of the most famous stage illusions of all time without revealing any true secrets Steinmeyer creates a compelling readfascinating for its evocation of the great rivalries of the Golden Age of magic than for technical how to.


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