Magic on the Early English Stage
By (author) Philip Butterworth
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Magic on the Early English Stage by Philip Butterworth
Book DescriptionMagic on the Early English Stage investigates the performance of magical tricks, illusions, effects and their staged appearance in the medieval and early English theatre. Performers who created such magic were not known as conjurors, as we might refer to them today, but as jugglers. Records concerning jugglers on the medieval stage have been hitherto misunderstood or misapplied. These references to jugglers are re-examined in the light of discussions of 'feats of activity' that also include tumbling, vaulting and 'dancing on the rope'; appearances and disappearances of the 'Now you see it, now you don't' variety; and stage versions of these concepts; magic through sound in terms of ventriloquy and sound through pipes; mechanical images and puppets; and stage tricks. Information that has remained dormant since original publication is discussed in relation to jugglers such as Thomas Brandon, the King's Juggler, and William Vincent, alias 'Hocus Pocus'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521825139
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Philip Butterworth
Staging Conventions in Medieval English Theatre, Hardback (June 2014)
Examines staging conventions in the medieval English theatre and ways in which they conditioned the reactions of the audience.
Magic on the Early English Stage, Paperback (June 2010)
An original investigation into conjuring tricks and stage magic on the medieval stage.
Cambridge Introduction to Scenography, Paperback (November 2009)» View all books by Philip Butterworth
An invaluable introduction for students to the purpose and scope of scenography, its theories and concepts, pioneers and future potential.
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Author Biography - Philip Butterworth
Philip Butterworth is Reader in Medieval Theatre at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. He is the author of Theatre of Fire: Special Effects in Early English and Scottish Theatre, and has published widely in journals on the subject of Medieval Theatre, including essays in 'Medieval English Theatre'. He is currently working, with Joslin McKinney, on The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography, to be published in 2006.
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