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Illusionology (Ologies) Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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ILLUSIONOLOGY includes a visually dense array of interactive elements: flaps, 3D pop-ups, foldouts, sealed envelopes. Among its revelations: the secrets behind Harry Houdini’s straitjacket escape and needle swallowing tricks, the “science” of levitation and the trickery behind spirit mediums. But watch out: readers also learn dice and card tricks that require no special extrasensory ability.
—The New York Times
Purportedly written by magician Albert D. Schafer, who vanished in 1915, this handsome addition to the Ologies series, which mimics the look of advertisements and periodicals of the era, explores the history and practice of magic...Step-by-step directions and props let readers try simple tricks, while clues lead to the revelation of the author’s fate.
A beguiling mix of wonders and practical advice.
With a holographic, steampunk style cover and pages of secrets and lore hidden under flaps and inside envelopes, Illusionology holds the promise of hours of entertainment for middle graders on up.
—Omnivoracious (Amazon blog)
This isn’t just a book with instructions for over 30 magic tricks. It’s not just a history of illusions and magic. This book doesn’t just explain to you the science behind why illusions and magic tricks fool our eyes — it does it in style.
—Geek Mom (WIRED.com blog)
About the Author
Emily Hawkins is a highly experienced writer and editor who also wrote the New-York-Times bestseller Oceanology. David Wyatt has illustrated books by world-famous authors including Philip Pullman, Alan Garner and Terry Pratchett. Levi Pinfold won the Booktrust Early Years Award (Best Emerging Illustrator) for his debut picture book The Django. Tomislav Tomic was the sole illustrator of Trick of the Tale and has contributed to Wizardology and Monsterology. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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