13 Steps to Mentalism by Corinda Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms Deeper and Deeper by Jonathan Chase Fooling Houdini by Alex Stone Hiding. Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers. Front Cover. Henning Nelms. Courier Corporation, – Body, Mind & Spirit – pages. Nelms’ book is one of the most dog-eared ones on my shelf and is always within easy reach. For me, “Magic and Showmanship” transformed.

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Mick – the ones I mentioned were films my friend Iain, it’s been a long time since I watched the film ‘Magic’. Paperbackpages. Paul rated it really liked it Nov 20, Like theatrical presentations, conjuring is an art of illusion.

JoeBlack New user 68 Posts. Of course, I remember Kirk. Once I started learning the theories behind my magic and mentalism my performances improved dramatically.

A magician skilled in the craft is able to convince an audience that he or she can read minds, communicate with the spirit world, make objects appear or disappear, and perform other acts of seemingly genuine magic.

How to get a message across. Aug 05, Donal Phipps rated it it was amazing.

Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers by Henning Nelms

Now days with the DVD generation you get much less theory. Your magic is merely icing on the cake. If you know 50 sleights but shoamanship 1 way to show, you know ONE trick.


Jason nelmx it it was amazing Jan 05, Nov 20, Well, why wouldn’t I be? But for any of you who ever went in her store, you’ll understand it when I say that you couldn’t just buy something in her store.

Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. With books there were chapters and even entire books devoted to theory. Showmanshp, my copy of Nelms has more glossing than text at this pointliterally. Steve Suss Inner circle Posts.

This book actually came as a recommendation from a writing workshop I attended last month. I’m an academic sort college teacher by day, would-be carny the rest of the time and always drill my students in whatever they’re learning to “gloss” their text books.

In Dodd Vicker’s interview with Jim Callahan on Magic Newswire, Jim mentioned that he was given a copy of Henning Nelms’ book “Magic and Showmanship” when he was young and the book still nelns his presentations today. Every magician who magid to perform magic for lay audience should read this book.

When I transitioned from magic to mentalism, it was the first book I went back and reviewed. Since it was published in and is still in print, it’s probably a good book on being a conjurer, for reference or if you want to do it. I even picked it up because it was recommended as such. Not so overtly, but you want mgaic be able to set things up without the reader going — look, setup!


I thought it might be more philosophical so I was dissappointed. And his book is so inexpensive too shhowmanship plus, it’s easy to find!

Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers

View all 3 comments. I read this book when it first came out I bought my copy at the Iowa State University bookstore in or thereabouts and still znd it the most important tome in my mentalism library, with T. Interesting and important for magic and performance theory, but dated and disjointed.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Thanks for the lead. Preview — Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms. If you wanted Linking Rings and you didn’t know much about magic The book, first printed ingives a crash course on how to better deliver your show, heenning spectators and give a lasting maggic.

Isaac Rodriguez rated it liked it Jan 04, This is great if you want to be a magician, because it is a straight up handbook. Of particular interest is a chapter on body language, posture, positioning and movement.

I kid you not. I’ve benefited so much from that book, I’m grateful that she forced me to buy it.