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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Dec 10, A historical introduction to the famous illusionists. May 11, Andy Deemer rated it really liked it. Customer Reviews showing 1 – of 1. He builds concept upon concept, jij the story of individual magicians and illusions, until at the end he can confirm the solution to Houdini’s disappearing elephant. I reviewed it on my site: Thanks everyone for your input.

Alternatives Considered But Not Disclosed: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. His chapters do not work like chapters should because they are not divided by topics of themes. Heavy on biography, but many sharp insights on the big questions of a small subculture.

He also didn’t have the focus to perfect his sleights and blocking, the way a Thurston or a Devant did. Thd free to contact us. But along the hidding, Steinmeyer explained the evolution of magic performance from Frenchman Robert-Houdin in the early 19th century, to the Davenport Brothers, to Stephen Morritt, to the Maskelyne Family, to David Devant, to Thurston, and many others along the way.


This is a book about people, history, and creative thinking as much as it’s a book about stenimeyer. I didn’t realize the backstabbing, the belittling, the thievery that went on behind-the-scenes of these legendary icons Please try again later. It made for a heavy read that was hard to follow.

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It also carefully traces the changes in style through the decades. The book is a quick read.

steinmeyet Steinmeyer reveals certain secrets, which rely on engineering, artistry and sheer chutzpah, but he hasn’t betrayed anyone; most of his information has been published elsewhere. You can’t go wrong with this! 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.

Adventures in ASIC digital design. 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. If you have not seen the book yet, check it out at your local US bookstore.

Refresh and try again. To ask other readers questions about Hiding the Elephantplease sign up. In Hiding the Elephant, Steinmeyer tells the stories of some pioneers of stage magic, and follows important illusions as they are invented, refined, patented, envied, passed on, sold, stolen, and copied.

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Lauded by today’s finest magicians and critics, Hiding the Elephant is a cultural history of the efforts among legendary conjurers to make things materialize, levitate, and disappear. The artistic crafting of magic is highlighted more than any mysticism, and rather than detracting from the wonder an audience might feel it actually enhances your appreciation for what a talented magician has to do to perfect their trade: It’s too bad, because the drawings of the magicians really are well-done — arresting steinmwyer black and white.


My favorite part of the book was the elephajt description of how the tricks were performed, A really interesting look at the recent history of stage magicians. When reading such a book, one is struck that 19th-century audiences had no radio, TV, or movies, neither social hixing or computers, and because of that, there was a rabid hankering for vaudeville and live performance.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. A really, really outstanding book, both a history of magic from about to tye s, as well as a technical examination of how many of the finest illusions were performed.

I wish there were more of that kind of material. When is deception in good faith?