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Illusionology (Ologies) Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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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.
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The attic is dark and dusty. The boys are all amusing themselves. Mouth destroys a painting and makes a crude joke. He's Mouth after all.
And then Mikey, all alone, finds something amazing. He finds a map to the pirate One-Eyed Willy's treasure. Thus the rainy day mystery begins. The setting, the tone, is all perfect for that initial discovery. The wiping of the dust from the glass, the discovery of the newspaper clipping of Chester Copperpot's search for the treasure and his disappearance.
What child doesn't crave this sort of thing?
Which I think is why the "ology" books produced by Candlewick Press are so popular. Books such as "Pirateology," "Egyptology" and "Dragonology" have all graced the bookshelves in my classroom and have all been so used and abused by curious hands, they are practically falling apart.
The brilliance of the "ology" series is that each book presents itself as a found journal. There are no authors per se. Each book is filled with interactive materials from "dragon skin" to old handwritten notes and letters.
The most recent "ology" book is "Illusionology." It is probably my favorite by far. The interactive materials include various magic tricks like playing cards and optical illusions. Though ultimately a work of fiction, "Illusionology" offers real and true facts about the art of magic, why it works, how it works, how your brain is fooled. It introduces real life illusionists and scientists, like Houdini and Tesla and explains their contributions to the art.
I'm still reading and rereading "Illusionology" finding new tidbits each time I do. It's fascinating.
The book covers all aspects of Magic,including personalities,history,all kinds of tricks and illusions that will tell you many of Magic's secrets,and explain how to do many tricks.The book is filled with pop-ups , pull-outs,and inserts.
The tricks are generally quite simple to learn and perform and not the kind that take many hours of practice to accompolish.They can be learned by young kids ,and with due diligence,even older people.For example ,there is a trick called NUMBER TELEPATHY that one can learn in a couple of minutes that involves having someone choose numbers,manipulating them,then you predicting the outcome.
Everyone enjoys Magic,and even wishes they were able to "do" a few Magic Tricks,but when they try to learn them ,they get discouraged,mainly because with coins,cards,etc,there is often a skill required that takes lots of practice.Well,here's your chance,whether you are a kid just starting out;or a Grandmother or Grandfather,wanting to entertain the young'uns,you'll
find a few tricks that are easy to learn,require no "tools of the trade" or props;and once learned,won't be forgotten.
I must warn you however; DO NOT LEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE,because Magic will come into play.
IT WILL DISAPPEAR!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love these books! They're great for reading with kids, or even just by yourself. Tons of cool things to look at and discover. Great booksPublished 2 months ago by Nikki
I can tell the book was sitting at the bottom of one of Amazon warehouse's little yellow totes as it journeyed down the rollers. It came scuffed up and it doesn't have many pages. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Montu
Very cool book about magic and illusions - even comes with cards and different props for tricks. It was a Christmas gift and my son loves it!Published 6 months ago by tytrys
This in another Ology hit. Such an attractive book, perfect for our collection.Published 12 months ago by Veroanique