Do you wonder how Harry Houdini performed his amazing escapes? Are you burning to learn the art of making a beautiful woman appear to levitate? Read more...
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Do you wonder how Harry Houdini performed his amazing escapes? Are you burning to learn the art of making a beautiful woman appear to levitate? Look closely, for the secrets of the world's most famous magicians and illusionists -- from the ancient Egyptians through the early twentieth century "Handcuff King" himself -- are contained within More than a fascinating history of magic through the ages, Illusionology is an indispensable guide unveiling step-by-step instructions for more than twenty-five astonishing feats. Master the classic cups-and-ball illusion Mesmerize your friends with mindreading card tricks Along with sundry flaps and booklets, readers will find
props for their own sleight of hand, including:
-- A magical "dematerializer"
-- A set of trick playing cards
-- A pair of "disappearing spot" paddles
-- A "levitating" card
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-03-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Purportedly written by magician Albert D. Schafer, who vanished in 1915, this handsome addition to the Ologies series, which mimics the look of advertisements and periodicals of the era, explores the history and practice of magic. Readers are clued into the “experimental psychology” behind many tricks, including the use of storytelling, optical illusion, and misdirection. Illusionists like Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser and Harry Houdini are profiled, while tricks are re-enacted in dramatic illustrations and additional curiosities explored in booklets. Step-by-step directions and props let readers try simple tricks, while clues lead to the revelation of the author’s fate. Ages 8–up. (Mar.)