Magic: Clear and Concise Explanations of Classic Illusions

November 1, 2020
Magic: Clear and Concise Explanations of Classic Illusions

From little table tricks to grand illusions, this how-to book bya famed performer and author offers something for every aspiringmagician. More than 200 popular illusions — accompanied by simple,well-illustrated explanations — range from several ways to make ahandkerchief disappear to dissolving a billiard ball and stagelevitation. A wide variety of attention-getting stunts includesleight of hand, tricks with coins and hats, stageperformances, and even shadow figures.The writings of Ellis Stanyon (1870–1951), a professionalmagician and London-based magic dealer, remain highly sought afterby illusionists of all types and experience levels. Stanyonpublished a well-received magazine at the turn of the twentiethcentury that remains an in-demand collectors' item, and he ranafoul of Harry Houdini for his exposures of trade secrets. Novicesand experts alike can benefit from his easy-to-follow guide, inwhich everyday items like nickels, candles, and plates aretransformed into the tools of magic.