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Jolan Vanderdark
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I'm thinking about buying this book to add to my book collection. Does anyone own it? Any thoughts?


This work contains a "history of the art and science of magic and illusion. Blackstone describes the psychology as well as the techniques of . . . {a number of} illusions, including vanishes and penetration, hinting at but not revealing the mystery to the uninitiated. . . . {Twenty illustrated} magic routines and tricks are also included." (SLJ) Bibliography. Index.

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Finally back in print—this much-in-demand classic coincides with November release of Harry Potter movie and the explosive popularity of magic and magicians—ideal giftbook for all ages! This unique volume, with over 250 photos and drawings, includes the complete Blackstone story, along with a vivid and varied appreciation of the history, science, and art of illusion, from the temples of ancient Egypt to the vaudeville stages of the 1920s to Broadway, Las Vegas, and television, including profiles of the greatest stage magicians, sleight-of-hand entertainers, and mentalists. The book discusses the why and how of magic (vanishing, transformation, escapes, mentalism, etc.), and the psychological principles behind effects such as sensory illusions and misdirection. In addition, the book contains 20 classic magic routines in detailed execution. Among them:
• The cups and balls
• The classic coin-palm
• Sawing a woman in half with a rope rather than a saw
• The ring on a ribbon
• The Hindu card shuffle
• And eight other confounding card tricks
250 b/w photos and drawings.

Author Biography: Harry Blackstone, Jr., was twice named Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts at Hollywood's Magic Castle. He also received the prestigious Star of Magic from the Society of American Magicians. Charles and Regina Reynolds are the authors of 100 Years of Magic Posters. Charles has created magic for both Blackstone and Doug Henning, and is the co-author, with Henning, of Houdini: His Legend and His Magic.
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I own this book - if you are into building a collection of magic books, adding this to the collection wouldn't hurt.

It is, however, written with a general public audience in mind and is geared more towards beginners or those not familiar with the basics of magic.
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I also own this book and it is a fascinating read by one of the all time greatest magicians in the world
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Blackstone's works are great. I would get them, even if I am not an illusion builder...they are great for collection.
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