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The Blackstone book of magic & illusion
Blackstone, Harry.
Adult Nonfiction GV1543 .B57 1985

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Forewordp. vii
Introduction: The World of Magicp. 1
What Magic Really Isp. 2
Your Place in Magicp. 5
From Caveman To Modern Conjuror: A Short History of the Art of Illusionp. 10
Mysticism and Ritual: The Art of Magic Beginsp. 12
Church Suppression and Magic's First Literaturep. 16
From Streetcorners to the Courts of Kings: Magic as Entertainmentp. 19
Magic Enters the Theatresp. 25
The First Great Stars: Magic Takes On an Imagep. 28
The Great Blackstone: Vaudeville and the Rise of the Big Magic Showsp. 38
Backstage: Growing Up with the Companyp. 70
The Big Sell: Advertising and Promoting Magicp. 83
Decline and Rebirth: Nightclubs and Early Televisionp. 89
Finding My Own Place in Magic: A Second Blackstone Builds a Showp. 95
The New Stars: Today's World of Magicp. 112
The Science of Illusionp. 117
The Why and How of Magicp. 117
Productionp. 118
Vanishp. 121
Transpositionp. 123
Transformationp. 125
Restorationp. 126
Animationp. 128
Penetrationp. 129
Anti-Gravityp. 130
Sympathetic Reactionp. 133
Time Controlp. 134
Escapesp. 135
Mentalismp. 136
Invulnerability to Physical Lawsp. 137
Psychological Principlesp. 137
Sensory Illusionsp. 138
Misdirectionp. 139
Performing Magicp. 153
Magic Up Closep. 156
The Cups and Ballsp. 157
Card Magicp. 169
The Lie Detectorp. 171
Wrong Into Rightp. 175
A Double Reversep. 178
The Detective Cardp. 179
Computer Acesp. 180
Card Through the Handkerchiefp. 182
Tricks with Coinsp. 186
Tricks with Small Objectsp. 194
The Penetrating Matchesp. 194
Ring on Ribbonp. 198
Magic at the Tablep. 202
The Double Ropes: An Exploration of a Classic Magic Principlep. 206
Final Thoughts and Secretsp. 215
Bibliographyp. 220
Appendicesp. 225
A - Magic Societiesp. 225
B - Magic Conventionsp. 225
C - Magic Magazinesp. 226
D - Magic Dealersp. 226
Indexp. 228

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