Hiding the Elephant has ratings and 82 reviews. Now in paperback comes Jim Steinmeyer’s astonishing chronicle of half a century of illusionary. Jim Steinmeyer Hiding the Elephant is the masterwork of a man who has dedicated his life to magic, who knows the tricks inside out, and still. HIDING THE ELEPHANT: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear. Jim Steinmeyer, Author. Carroll & Graf $

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Is a GREAT book, not only delightful to read and full of interesting historical facts, but with lots of insight for magicians and mentalists about the mechanical of performance and the meaning of magic.

It is written in a meta-magical manner, leading the reader, without them noticing, to the performance of one of the greatest tricks ever hidong.

Trivia About Hiding the Elepha This page was created in 0. Of course their magic was explained, as was every illusion in the book.

Nov 28, Damian rated it it was amazing. Diagrams and recounts of his attempts to reconstruct illusions also helped me appreciate the painstaking nature of the work involved.

Hte 27, David Groves rated it really liked it. You may have heard the line “they do it all with mirrors. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.


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Lent to me by my Hungarian finder of wonders Andras. Jim Steinmeyer is an ideally qualified author: Let’s move the story along. Customers who bought this item also bought. The writing was kind of a drag. Open Preview See a Problem? Shop with confidence thanks to our Price Matching Policy.

Return to Book Page. Houdini is revealed to be a hack of a magician, he tried to expand beyond his escapes but did not have the stage hdiing. The personalities of the performers, how they came to be magicians and the lengths they would go to to steal tricks was so interesting.

They can be magically animated Highly recommended for lovers of magic, theater and history. The Best Books of Read our privacy policy.

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But for magic lovers who revel in learning the magician’s art, this book—part research study, part salute—is a find. Refresh and try again. How Magicians invented the impossible! 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. Steinmeyer showed the web that connected the greats of the time, and gave himself permission to follow the tangled connections.


Jul 09, Dale rated it really liked it. When researching Victorian stage magicians, I came across Jim Steinmeyer’s book. Magicians advertise deceit, then perform it.

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Steinmeyer’s explanations tend to go over my head sometimes, especially without the illustrations, but it works for the most part — just a little tiresome towards the second half. An interesting history of professional magic. This book covers the development of stage magic, primarily in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and is particularly focused on the dominan 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.

Read this if you have even the slightest bit of interest dteinmeyer magic! When is deception in good faith? One of epephant more fascinating aspects is to consider how much mass entertainment has changed in the last years.