Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms
A Magician's Guide. Like theatrical performances, magic is an art of illusion. A skilled magician is able to convince his audience that he or she can read minds, communicate with the spirit world, make objects appear and disappear, and perform other seemingly genuine feats of magic.
However, without mastering the art of presentation or demonstration, even the most skilled sleight of hand can fail in his performances. In this sense, Henning Nelms goes beyond the basics and shows how techniques developed for the stage by playwrights, directors and actors can enhance the dramatic impact of a magician's performance.
In this instructive book, Nelms analyzes each phase of magic - from tricks, contraptions, and illusions to deception, directing the audience's attention, incorporating spells, and the effective use of wizards. Of particular interest is a chapter on body language, posture and movement.
Also included are around 60 original routines - from simple card tricks to such grand illusions as the performer suddenly appearing in the middle of the stage.
Indispensable as a guide for newbies, this guide, enriched with nearly 200 of the author's illustrations, will also serve as an enduring source of advice and inspiration for seasoned magicians.
Pages 322 - Softbound, illustrated, English.