9780486265612

Magic Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486265612

  • ISBN10:

    0486265617

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-08-21
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Summary

Standard work on classic stage illusions performed by Robert-Houdin, Bautier de Kolta, Maskelyne and others. Detailed descriptions of techniques of fire eaters, sword swallowers, jugglers, acrobats, etc. Also ancient magic, automatons, magic photography, much more. Over 400 exceptional illustrations. Introduction. Bibliography.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
THE MYSTERIES OF MODERN MAGIC
  Ancient Magic
  Division of Magic
  Cagliostro
  Robertson
  Comte de Grisi
  Robert Houdin
  Carl Herrmann
  Signor Blitz
  Robert Heller
  Alexander Herrmann
  Bautier de Kolta
  Harry Kellar
BOOK I. CONJURERS' TRICKS AND STAGE ILLUSIONS
  CHAPTER I. MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCES
    Vanity Fair
    After the Flood
    The Magic Palanquin
    Cassadag Propaganda
    The Appearing Lady
    The Disappearing Lady
    The Mysterious Trunk
    The Indian Basket Trick
    Decapitation
    Spiritualistic Ties
  CHAPTER II. OPTICAL TRICKS
    The Cabaret du Neant
    The Three-Headed Woman
    Amphitrite
    The Mystery of Dr. Lynn
    Black Art
    The Talking Head
    The Living Half-Woman
    She
    The Queen of Flowers
    The Decapitated Princess
    Stella
    Houdin's Magic Cabinet
    A Mystic Maze
    Platinized Glass
    Statue giving a Double Image
  CHAPTER III. MISCELLANEOUS STATE TRICKS
    Trilby
    The Haunted Swing
    The Scurimobile
    The Neoöccultism
    The Mask of Balsamo
    The Invisible Woman
    Magic Harps
  CHAPTER IV. CONJURING TRICKS
    Trick with an Egg and a Handkerchief
    The Cone of Flowers
    The Magic Rosebush
    Magic Flowers
    The Birth of Flowers
    Tricks with a Hat
    A Cake Baked in a Hat
    The Egg and Hat Trick
    Multiplication of Coins
    Magic Coins
    The Dissolving Coin
    The Spirit Slates
    Second Sight
    Magic Cabinets
    The Traveling Bottle and Glass
    Disappearance of an Apple and a Ninepin
    A Goblet of Ink Converted into an Aquarium
    The Invisible Journey of a Glass of Wine
    The Wine Changed to Water
    The Animated Mouse
    The Sand Frame Trick
    Houdin's Magic Ball
  CHAPTER V. JUGGLERS AND ACROBATIC PERFORMANCES
    Jugglers
    The Leamy Revolving Trapeze
    Walking on the Ceiling Head Down
    The Mysterious Ball
  CHAPTER VI. FIRE EATERS AND SWORD TRICKS
    "Fire Eaters, Tricks with Fire"
    A Stab through the Abdomen
    The Human Target
    Sword Swallowers
    Sword Walkers
    Dancers on Glass
  CHAPTER VII. VENTRILOQUISM AND ANIMATED PUPPETS
  CHAPTER VIII. SHADOWGRAPHY
    Shadowgraphy
    French Shadows
  CHAPTER IX. MENTAL MAGIC
    Robert Heller
    Second Sight
    The Baldwins and Second Sight
    Silent Through Transference
BOOK II. ANCIENT MAGIC
  CHAPTER I. TEMPLE TRICKS OF THE GREEKS
    Puppet Shows among the Greeks
    The Shrine of Bacchus
    The First Automobile Vehicle
    The Statue of Cybele
    Marvelous Altars
    The Machinery of the Temples
    Sounding of Trumpets when a Door was Opened
    Opening and Closing Doors when a Fire was Lighted on the Altar
    Invention in 1889 A.D. vs. Invention B.C.
    An Egyptian Lustral Water Vessel
  CHAPTER II. MIRACULOUS VESSELS OF THE GREEKS
    The Dicaiometer
    Miraculous Vessels
    Magical Pitchers
    Apparatus for Permitting the Mixing of Wine and Water in Definite Proportions
    The Magical Bottle
    Ancient Organs
  CHAPTER III. THE ORIGIN OF THE STEAM ENGINE
    The Eolipile of Heron
    Heron's Marvelous Altar
    Heron's Tubular Boiler
  "CHAPTER IV. GREEK LAMPS, TOYS, ETC."
    Perpetual Lamps
    An Ancient Automaton
    A Greek Toy
    The Decapitated Drinking Horse
    Odometers
BOOK III. SCIENCE IN THE THEATER
  CHAPTER I
    Behind the Scenes of an Opera House
    The Ordinary Stage
    The English Stage
    The Stage Floor
    The Cellars
    The Flies
    The Gridiron
    Traps
    Sliders
    Bridges
    The Metropolitan Opera House Stage
    Wing Posts
    Curtain Calls
    The Electric Lighting
    Paint Bridge
    The Property Man
    Striking a Scene
    The Dressing-Rooms
    The Production of a New Opera
  "CHAPTER II. SOME REMARKABLE STAGES, ANCIENT AND MODERN"
    An Electric Curtain
    The Fan-Drop Curtain
    An Elevator Theater Stage
    Some Remarkable American Stage Inventions
    A Revolving Stage
    The Asphaleia Stage
    A Theater with Two Auditoriums
    Curio's Pivoted Theater
    The Olympian Theater of Palladio at Vicenza
  CHAPTER III. STAGE EFFECTS
    Scene Painting
    Sunrise Effect
    Sun Effect
    Change from Day to Night
    Stars
    Moon Effects
    Rainbow Effect
    Wind Effect
    Thunder Effect
    Lightning
    Snow Effect
    Wave Effect
    Crash Effect
    Rain Effect
    Gradual Transformation
    Fire and Smoke Effect
    Battle Scenes
    Theatrical Firearms
    The Imitation of Odors
  CHAPTER IV. THEATER SECRETS
    Traps
    The Swan in Loghengrin
    The Floating Rhine Daughters in Rehingold
    The Sun Robe
    The Ship on the Stage
    Miscellaneous Stage Effects
    The Destruction of the Temple of Dagon
    The Horse Race on the Stage
    The Effects in Siegfreid
    Siegfried's Forge
    Siegfried's Anvil
    The Dragon Fafner
    Wotan's Spear
    The Bed of Tulips and the Electric Firefly
    The Electric Torch and Electric Jewels
    An Electrical Duel
    The Skirt Dance
  CHAPTER V. THE NAUTICAL ARENA
  CHAPTER VI. A TRIP TO THE MOON
  CHAPTER VII. CYCLORAMAS
    The Electric Cyclorama
    The Painted Cyclorama
  CHAPTER VIII. FIREWORKS WITH DRAMATIC ACCESSORIES
BOOK IV. AUTOMATA AND CURIOUS TOYS
  CHAPTER I. AUTOMATA
    Automaton Chess Players
    The Automation Chess Player
    A Curious Automaton
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    Electric Tachyscope
    "Apparatus for Projecting Moving Pictures by the Dmeny, Jenkins, Lumière, and Other Forms of Apparatus"
    The Kinetoscope Stereopticon
    "The Mutoscope and the Mutograph, with Illustrations of Moving Objects"
    Cinematograph Camera
    Camera for Ribbon Photography
    The Micromotoscope
APPENDIX. ADDITIONAL TRICKS
  The Magic Table
  Gone
  The Spider and the Fly
  The Trunk Trick
  La Strobeika Persane
  Metempsychosis
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS ON NATURAL MAGIC
INDEX

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