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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Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. He is literally the man behind the magicians having invented impossibilities for four Doug Henning television specials, six touring shows, two Henning Broadway shows, jmi numerous television and Las Vegas appearances. If the performance is successful, it is because the storytelling has been successful.

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I feel that someone like Erik Larson would have done a better job steinmsyer the material. A chapter that begins with the picture of Georges Melies, with a quotation from this pioneer of visual special effects, ends up not being about Melies. For those interested in getting it try here: 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.


Return to Book Page. May 11, Figures such as Robert-Houdin, the Davenports, the Maskelynes, Devant, Kellar, Thurston and Houdini carefully built larger-than-life personas, slephant Steinmeyer humanizes them with behind-the-scenes stories of happy accidents, insecurities, rivalries, alliances, betrayals and successions.

We’re proud to let you read our mail. So many strinmeyer the stories intertwine that I had some difficulty in keeping who’s who straight, especially towards the end when Steinmeyer is wrapping up his loose threads and jumping around a bit in time. But perhaps that’s how he likes it.

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This “history of magic” seemed to me little more than a jumble of results from the author’s no-doubt extensive research and experience. It’s interesting if you have an interest in magic, but not particularly memorable. Book ratings by Goodreads. The Ambiguous Role of PowerPoint It made for a heavy read that was hard to follow. Ben Veteran user Posts.

Not only does he give an incredible account of history, Steinmeyer does so with entertaining narrative. Have a question about this product? Account Options Sign in. How Magicians Invented the Impossible.

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. Today, we are so blase about seeing live performance. A historical introduction to the famous illusionists. None of the revelations are gratuitous; they’re necessary to appreciate the story.


Of course their magic was explained, as was every illusion in the book. It turns out that a lot of tricks are all done with mirrors. The Best Books of Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Readers who clamored for David Blaine’s Mysterious Stranger last year will want to add Steinmeyer’s book to their collection. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

But to his ateinmeyer, Steinmeyer quickly corrects his pacing and manages to make what might be dry subject matter patent law, rights to illusions, and competition for original inventor’s credit into interesting fare. Like the magicians he hiidng, 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.