[Ebook] Conjuring By James Randi – Thomashillier.co.uk

Conjuring Provides The History Of Magic And Discusses The Exploits Of Some Of The World S Most Notorious Magicians.


10 thoughts on “Conjuring

  1. says:

    great book about the old and today But mainly about the old and some new magicians new.


  2. says:

    A good read that could have been better.James Randi is one of the great conjurors in history and often considered the greatest escape artist ahead of even Harry Houdini, and yet this book contains very little of him Many of the best moments are when Randi describes events from his own career interactions with the magicians mentioned, advice they ve given him, etc and it s a shame there aren tof them.Further, the entire enterprise is hampered by Randi s insistence on not revealing the t A good read that could have been better.James Randi is one of the great conjurors in history and often considered the greatest escape artist ahead of even Harry Houdini, and yet this book contains very little of him Many of the best moments are when Randi describes events from his own career interactions with the magicians mentioned, advice they ve given him, etc and it s a shame there aren tof them.Further, the entire enterprise is hampered by Randi s insistence on not revealing the tricks While it s an understandable decision, it makes some of his cryptic language about improvements and differing methods indecipherable and dull Similarly, it leads to rather lifeless descriptions of the tricks and all seem to fall back on calling the effect stunning, amazing, or startling It makes it difficult to develop too much of an understanding of these performers when what we end up knowing is, He makes a person levitate,...


  3. says:

    I find magic oddly boring and fascinating Boring because many tricks are repeated ad nauseam for show after show and most magicians simply add a different spin on an old routine Yet magic is fascinating because magicians understand the intricacies and frailties of human perception and like athletes they practice to perfection their skills which in the magicians case include deception So magicians exhibit amazing skills even if what they are doing is boring I enjoyed this book because of the I find magic oddly boring and fascinating Boring because many tricks are repeated ad nauseam for show after show and most magicians simply add a different spin on an old routine Yet magic is fascinating because magicians understand the intricacies ...


  4. says:

    A decent introduction to the world of stage magic A littleinteresting in the early days and Golden Age, loses a bit in the modern age Never really gets too detailed about anything but it s a fine intro to the many magicians in history.


  5. says:

    Interesting overview of the history of magic.


  6. says:

    A great, concise history insofar as an armchair historian can give It is really entertaining and very informative It isn t a scholarly work, but it isn t meant to be.


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