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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The book includes a few interesting reveals of how different tricks are done, but the cliche that the book repeats multiple times is true, it’s all done with mirrors.

Lent to me by my Hungarian finder of wonders Andras. Audiences pay for a ruse, not a lecture on fraud.

Some he explains, some he leaves a mystery. But do yourself a favor and don’t jump ahead. As for the explanations of the tricks, I still don’t understand anything. It is clear that Ji, is not the greatest non-fiction writer out there. The magicians’ stories intertwine as illusions evolved and theater A fascinating walk through the history of magic and the showmanship that went with it from the late ‘s through the end of magic’s golden era in the ‘s.

English Choose a language for shopping. A really interesting look at the recent history hidkng stage magicians. But the best part is seeing how one illusion steinmeywr on another and how the personalities, rivalries, and plain ingenuity of magicians throughout the s and s drove to create something so unique and But perhaps that’s how he likes it. The format is kind of a mess. I found the ingenuity of these men compelling; as well as the lengths they went to to protect their creations and steal those of others!


Eleohant helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’d seen Steinmeyer perform at the Magic Leephant a while back, where he resurrected some illusions that hadn’t been performed on-stage for the better part of a century. I wish I could convey more precisely what it is about the book that makes it worth reading, but I will have to make do with just insisting on its excellence!

I would have preferred a book with more insightful revelations. I thought this book was ambitious in scope, but ultimately failed to deliver. Steinmeyer Now in paperback comes Jim Steinmeyer’s astonishing chronicle of half a century of illusionary innovation, backstage chicanery, and jm competition within the world of magicians. Yep, that was his. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

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Magicians understand the careful interactions of secret and performance and have learned to appreciate the art for these subtleties. View steinmeyyer 3 comments.

Hiding the Elephant : How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear

Neither of us could put it down. Figures such as Robert-Houdin, the Davenports, the Maskelynes, Devant, Kellar, Thurston and Houdini carefully built larger-than-life personas, but Steinmeyer humanizes them with behind-the-scenes stories of happy accidents, insecurities, rivalries, alliances, betrayals and successions.

I’m not given to quick, intuitive understanding of mechanical things, and I believe a successful book that was going to expose the secrets of magical illusions hidnig do so in a way that was accessible to any reader. Return to Book Page.


Not even consecutive chapters. Speaking of Houdini, I’m a big Houdini fan, and I was intrigued and eephant by what a trouncing he takes in this book. Normally, I can read a book without glasses by simply enlarging the font. 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.

Some tricks are explained. A decent, if somewhat tangled, history of mostly American and English magicians of the later s and earlier s. It’s interesting if you have an interest in magic, but not particularly memorable. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Customer Reviews showing 1 – of 1. It also carefully traces the changes in style through the decades. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Get to Know Us. Thanks for posting the link! He went so far as to write a book “exposing” the man he lifted his name from, Robert Houdin, which was an embarrassment.

Anyone read anything else by Steinmeyer? Steinmeyer is not only a master illusion designer and builder but a true scholar of his art and a very good writer.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Feb 20, Douglas Summers-Stay rated it really liked it Shelves: 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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