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Abracadabra!: Secret Methods Magicians & Others Use to Deceive Their Audience Hardcover – October, 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
This book does provide a lot of information about how tricks are done, including the fact that audiences are happy to play along. Everything the performer does is choreographed and planned to mislead and distract. It is psychological manipulation, using our assumptions against us to surprise and baffle us.
As well as going into a lot of detail about certain tricks, the author also provides us with little psychological games to play, to show the us how our minds can work against us. As well as examining traditional magic, he looks at manipulation as it's practiced in everyday life through advertising and other forms of persuasion. It's one thing to be tricked when we are happy to go along for the ride. It's another when we are made to do what others want us to, almost without realising it.
This book reveals some of the mystery - but even after reading it I still think I would be hard pressed to spot the sleight of hand. Magicians, good magicians, are masters of what they do. They are there to entertain and I am happy to play along.
Illusions are presented at first as they would be perceived by the audience, then explained with the aid of excellent diagrams. They are also organised by type of illusion, making it easy to focus on one particular area - for example, a section on making a person disappear and all the versions and methods used at the time.
The most surprising part of this book was that some of these illusions are still being performed today.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I am not worried about the ticks being exposed at all as the ones in this book are old well known examples designed to open the magicians mind to creating their own acts. If you are serious about learning magic this book is a good overall manual for developing your skill to a higher level.
From understanding stage demeanor to training techniques this book is a great read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love magic and I love knowing how tricks work. This is the kind of book that would normally be right up my alley. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by The Philosopher
Very in-depth analysis of magician's methods and theory of tricks, illusions and misdirection. Several good explanation of tricks included. Recommended.Published on April 23, 2011 by C Hochevar
I ENJOY THE BOOK IT WAS EASY TO UNDERSTAND AS WELL AS IT WAS INTERTAINING.Published on March 8, 2007 by Theodore Adreece Rawles
The premise of this book is that magicians are bad people who are trying to -- gasp -- fool you, and you should be prepared to stop them from doing this by knowing their secrets. Read morePublished on June 29, 2006 by Eric V. Fry