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This is the story of the Golden Age of magic and of the world's most legendary magicians: the eccentric personalities who patented the first ghost and competed fiendishly in the race to make things materialize, levitate and disappear. We meet Harry Kellar, the ruthless thief of secrets who was the model for the Wizard of Oz, and PT Selbit, the first man to saw a woman in half on stage. We meet John Nevil Maskelyne, whose Egyptian Theatre was a London institution for sixty years. "Hiding the Elephant" is the masterwork of a man who has dedicated his life to magic, who knows the tricks inside out, and still believes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099476641
ISBN-10: 0099476649
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - 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 six-part BBC documentary on the history of magic and producer of a Channel 4 documentary, he designed the illusions for Richard Eyre's Mary Poppins and is a contributing editor of Magic magazine.

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