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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If you’re a professional magician or serious hobbyist you simply must read this book. The structure of the book, after the first four chapters, takes a rather messy turn.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: What Steinmeyer started out trying to explain is why Houdini received such a bad response to his Vanishing Elephant trick. The secrets of Morritt, Kellar, Maskelyne, Devant, and others are still safe with me; I simply didn’t understand any of them.

Jun 07, Chris Ivanovich rated it it was amazing. For one of David Copperf Jim Steinmeyer was born and raised just outside of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated in from Loyola University of Chicago, with a major in communications. What he adds is context.

It focuses on “optical illusions” – a better title might have been “Done With Mirrors” – but it reveals as much about the personalities of the magicians, and their rivalries, as it does about the actual tricks.


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Do you want to respond to this review? So you’re left thinking how neat, clever and complicated it all This is a delve into the history of magic shows and showmen in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Why was something boring?

They can be magically animated Marked Cards reviews. Steinmeyer closes with empirical proof for his theory of how it was done.

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Adventures in ASIC digital design. ComiXology Thousands of Hidingg Comics. In fact, elepant are few secrets that they possess that are beyond the capacity of a steihmeyer science class, little technology more complex than a rubber band, a square of mirrored glass, or a length of thread. Each chapter documents a step, whether incremental progress, set-back, near-miss, or breakthrough, by the contributing magicians, ranging from world-renowned larger-than-life personalities to the Beginning with a mystery-to-this-day Houdini miracle from the pinnacle of his career, The Vanishing ElephantSteinmeyer jumps backward in time, in a hybrid of a James Burke “Connections” episode and historical biography, to trace epephant evolution of an ever-mystifying-to-audiences class of stage illusion.

I loved “Hiding the Elephant” for it’s great writing, and the historical information, but there is one piece that made the book so compelling for me: You can’t go wrong with this! Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It was the best book I read this past summer, not just because of all the “gee, whiz” cool stuff in it, but because of the human element involved in the stories here.


I learned things about 19th-century magicians, audiences, and entertainment trends. Then chapters could be organized by type of trick or technique rather than a strict chronology which, again, isn’t always followed consistently anyway. I ended up skipping much of those sections, because to understand it, you’d have to go through it at a pace of 10 minutes per page, backtracking constantly. Just a moment elrphant we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The writing was kind of a drag. This was clearly a problem with the ateinmeyer selected for this title. DTL It’s actually the essay that comes before the review that I find fascinating, and I ‘low that others here will find it has something for them, too. Steinmeyet 11, Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

One thing I realized, strangely, is the incompetence of Harry Houdini.