Illusionology

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Can you trust your eyes? The newest discovery in the ‘Ology series amazes and thrills as the closely guarded secrets of the illusionologists are revealed!

Do you wonder how Harry Houdini performed his amazing escapes? Are you burning to learn the art of making a beautiful woman appear to levitate? Look closely, for the secrets of the world's most famous magicians and illusionists — from the ancient Egyptians through the early twentieth century "Handcuff King" himself — are ...

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Overview

Can you trust your eyes? The newest discovery in the ‘Ology series amazes and thrills as the closely guarded secrets of the illusionologists are revealed!

Do you wonder how Harry Houdini performed his amazing escapes? Are you burning to learn the art of making a beautiful woman appear to levitate? Look closely, for the secrets of the world's most famous magicians and illusionists — from the ancient Egyptians through the early twentieth century "Handcuff King" himself — are contained within! More than a fascinating history of magic through the ages, Illusionology is an indispensable guide unveiling step-by-step instructions for more than twenty-five astonishing feats. Master the classic cups-and-ball illusion! Mesmerize your friends with mindreading card tricks! Along with sundry flaps and booklets, readers will find props for their own sleight of hand, including:
— A magical "dematerializer"
— A set of trick playing cards
— A pair of "disappearing spot" paddles
— A "levitating" card!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Purportedly written by magician Albert D. Schafer, who vanished in 1915, this handsome addition to the Ologies series, which mimics the look of advertisements and periodicals of the era, explores the history and practice of magic. Readers are clued into the “experimental psychology” behind many tricks, including the use of storytelling, optical illusion, and misdirection. Illusionists like Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser and Harry Houdini are profiled, while tricks are re-enacted in dramatic illustrations and additional curiosities explored in booklets. Step-by-step directions and props let readers try simple tricks, while clues lead to the revelation of the author’s fate. Ages 8–up. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
ILLUSIONOLOGY includes a visually dense array of interactive elements: flaps, 3D pop-ups, foldouts, sealed envelopes. Among its revelations: the secrets behind Harry Houdini’s straitjacket escape and needle swallowing tricks, the "science" of levitation and the trickery behind spirit mediums. But watch out: readers also learn dice and card tricks that require no special extrasensory ability.
—The New York Times

Purportedly written by magician Albert D. Schafer, who vanished in 1915, this handsome addition to the Ologies series, which mimics the look of advertisements and periodicals of the era, explores the history and practice of magic...Step-by-step directions and props let readers try simple tricks, while clues lead to the revelation of the author’s fate.
—Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
The inquisitive reader will find even the origins of this book shrouded in mystery; the publisher’s note states that it was credited to a magician who disappeared in August 1915—although he may not have existed at all. Every page of this volume is packed with illusionary tricks and historical details delivered in an interactive format, replete with flaps, pull-out devices, and step-by-step instructions. It is all delivered in sidebars, textboxes, and similar material drawn with old-fashioned fonts and pseudo-advert materials. Learn how magic works (e.g., tricks of the eye, misdirection, storytelling) and practice some of these tricks (e.g., the magic coin, find the ace, the rose tree, and many more) for yourself. This reviewer enlisted the help of children 9 and 11 years to “road test” the how-to elements of this book. Drawn into the book from the moment they received it, both amateur magicians were fascinated by the tricks and returned to the text time and again. Sure to be a hit for years to come, this book may—if my young associates are to be trusted—be “the very best of the books in the “Ologies” series. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 6 up.
Kirkus Reviews
Leaving no square inch of page space unpurposed, the latest in the 'Ology series wraps directions for over two dozen simple sleight-of-hand tricks in thick skeins of history and mystery. This outing is intended both to give budding prestidigitators a starting kit and to fill them in on their avocation's basic principles and greatest early practitioners. Each heavily, atmospherically illustrated spread is packed with topically related disquisitions on subjects from optical illusions to how Hofzinser, Thurston, Robert-Houdin and other iconic figures of the 19th and early 20th centuries performed some of their most awesome, elaborately staged feats. Though properly warned away from trying sword swallowing, ox decapitation and like hazardous pursuits themselves, readers are encouraged to tackle the step directions for (reasonably) easy hidden coin and other small-scale tricks. These are offered in booklets or hidden beneath flaps and, often, accompanied by envelopes or folders that hold modified (but smaller than standard-size) playing cards, plastic widgets and other helpful--if easy to lose--items. The series' high-bandwidth website offers additional tricks and entertainments. Though most of professional magic's last 100 years pull a vanishing act, a beguiling mix of wonders and practical advice. (bibliography, many detachable or already detached pieces) (Novelty/nonfiction. 10 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763655884
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Ologies Series
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 129,758
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK

    I loved this boook! It was Awesome! It comes with fun magic tricks that you can do yourself. You will also enjoy reading an interesting history of famous magicians. --- Ethan, age 11

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