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Hiding The Elephant

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I’m sure television has destroyed a little of the mystery of magic and as a race maybe we are too sceptical but once upon a time, back in the Victorian and Edwardian days, incredible feats were performed on stage and a great rivalry existed between the masters of the arts. This is that extraordinary story.

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Hiding The Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer

In 1918 Harry Houdini performed a single illusion that has been hotly debated ever since: he made a live elephant disappear on stage. How did he do it? The answer lies in this dazzling tale of innovation, chicanery and keen competition that is the backstage story of the golden age of magic.

Hiding the Elephant chronicles the race among history's most legendary conjurers to make things levitate and disappear. A master illusionist and captivating storyteller, Steinmeyer introduces us to the eccentric personalities behind floating ghosts, disembodied heads and vanishing ladies and takes us backstage to reveal the mechanics of their mysteries. He carries us to a time when Queen Victoria held private séances and all of England believed in magic.


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'highly entertaining study of magic's 'golden age' Sunday Times

About the Author

Jim Steinmeyer
Jim Steinmeyer has designed illusions for David Copperfield, Ricky Jay, Siegfried & Roy and Orson Welles, and for six broadway shows including The Beauty and the Beast. A consultant for a forthcoming BBC documentary on the history of magic and producer of a Channel 4 documentary, he is currently working on Richrard Eyre's Mary Poppins and is a contributing editor of Magic magazine.

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Publication date

6th October 2005

Author

Jim Steinmeyer

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd

Format

Paperback (b Format)
400 pages

Categories

Conjuring & magic
History: specific events & topics

ISBN

9780099476641

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