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Description - Magic on the Early English Stage by Philip Butterworth

Magic on the Early English Stage explores the performance of magical tricks, illusions, effects, and their staged appearance in theatre from the medieval period to the seventeenth century. 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 on the medieval stage are re-examined in the light of references to 'feats of activity' that also include tumbling, vaulting, and 'dancing on the rope'; appearances and disappearances in respect of 'Now you see it, now you don't' and stage versions of these concepts; magic through sound in terms of ventriloquy; 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521825139
ISBN-10: 052182513X
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 318
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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.