[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:

    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, and it s amazing or She turns into her husband instantly, and it s startling Still, it is a good broad overview of magical history that mentions every major magician in history and gives at least something of an overview of his her life, career, and act His balancing of those elements is not always perfect some performers have their lives described with essentially no mention of their acts, which just seems incongruous with the book , but he usually provides enough of all three to get a good sense of each person It also has beautiful pictures of posters and the artists themselves in performance throughout Those pictures alone are enough reason to look through the book once.All in all, it seems to me that it s really a book best suited to being a quick guide to magicians in history if you want to be able to look up who Doug Henning was at an instant because you often confuse him with David Copperfield, this book will do that for you perfectly As a straight through read, it sometimes becomes difficult to follow its structure and repetitive in its explanations of similar ideas through multiple performers, and Randi s personal asides always leave the reader wanting forof them Worth a read, but just not as good as it seems like it should be


  2. 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 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 history of magicians through the ages, yet I found it dissatisfying in its refused to reveal the hows and whys tricks The author mentions that magicians copied and modified certain tricks through time yet the details concerning these tricks are not revealed apparently because it would break the magician s code, but as Penn and Teller have shown, good tricks are still good even one knows how they re done


  3. says:

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


  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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