Art and Artifice
And Other Essays of Illusion
ISBN10: 0786718064 ISBN13: 9780786718061 Contributors: Gaiman, Neil (Foreword) Publisher: Perseus Book Group Published: Oct 9 2006 Pages: 192 Weight: 0.35lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.50" Edition: 1st Edition Language: English
From the author of Hiding the Elephant and The Glorious Deception comes a collection of five essays that shows how the great stage illusions were integrally products of their time, based on the traditions and fashions of the people, and the offspring of the incredible, inventive personalities who brought them to the stage. Like no other author, Jim Steinmeyer gives us insight into the timeless appeal of magic. His human subjects include such characters as Steele MacKaye, Maskelyne, David Devant, P.T. Selbit, Horace Goldin, and Charles Morritt. Illusions he discusses include: The Mascot Moth, Sawing a Lady in Halves, and Morritt's Disappearing Donkey.