Illusionology by Albert Schafer
(Ologies)

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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 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!
 

About Albert Schafer

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Published March 13, 2012 by Candlewick. 30 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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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.

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Illusionists like Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser and Harry Houdini are profiled, while tricks are re-enacted in dramatic illustrations and additional curiosities explored in booklets.

Mar 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Illusionology (Ologies)

City Book Review

Tricks of the eye, the importance of storytelling, the power of misdirection, the science of levitation, the science of disappearing, the art of body manipulation, the science of mind reading, and many other modes of trickery are explored.

Apr 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Illusionology (Ologies)

Portland Book Review

The book also includes several tricks that kids can try at home with a few fun props (some trick cards and detachable instructions for basic tricks).

Dec 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Illusionology (Ologies)

Youth Services Book Review

This book will be enjoyed by fans of the other Ologies books as well as budding magicians.

Jun 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Illusionology (Ologies)

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