Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers

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Courier Corporation, 1969 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 322 pages
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Highly instructive book by a noted authority on the subject analyzes every phase of conjuring, from sleights, devices, misdirection, and controlling audience attention to incorporating patter and the effective use of assistants. Provides recommendations on the use of body language, posture, positioning, and movement. 60 original routines — from simple card tricks to major illusions.
 

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Contents

THE TWO MAGICS
1
DECEPTION VS CONVICTION
19
THE MEASURE OF MEANING
36
WHO?
50
MAKING THE MOST OF ASSISTANTS
63
CASTING THE SPELL
76
MYSTERY WITHOUT MAGIC
89
PROVIDING THE PROOF
101
CONCEALING DEVICES
168
CONTROLLING ATTENTION
178
MISDIRECTION
196
DEVISING ILLUSIONS
208
DRAMATIC STRUCTURE
221
CONTINUITY
234
MATERIAL FOR ENTERTAINMENT
252
WORDS
265

DEVICES FOR DECEPTION
116
THE GREAT SECRET
130
ELIMINATING DEPARTURES
141
CONSISTENCY IN CHARACTERIZATION
152
BUSINESS
278
THE PERFORMER AND THE STAGE
295
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