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A booklet of "Minimal Miracles and Disproportionate Marvels for the Stand-Up Conjurer," contains 11 unique effects. Some involve, quite literally, "nothing." The Three Ball Test is an amazing thought an experiment, a script that performs the entire trick. Other surprising and unexpected effects include The Nickel Under Your Shoe or An Audience on Mars. Lessons in Wonder is a demonstration of magic for one person in the audience, in which she experiences something that didn't happen, and everyone is bewildered. Other routines utilize minimal props, like a piece of rope, deck of cards, or a paper bag. The Six Chair Concert is a variation on a classic Berglas Plot; The Anomaly is a demonstration of the fourth dimension, and The Adept, is a paranormal illusion with your assistant. Two routines are from the Impuzzibilities series, here presented for stand-up performances. Each of these routines will delight you and inspire; they are designed to surprise with simplicity and unexpected secrets, to amaze with the purest form of mystery. The book is 8 1/2 by 11, printed in color, 20 pages plus cover, with 26 line illustrations.
The sequel to “Nothing But Mystery” contains another 11 astonishingly unique, astonishingly simple and apparatus-free effects. Continuing the tradition, some involve absolutely “nothing.” For example, Your Friends in Oz is simply a script, instructions spoken to the audience as they close their eyes and imagine a little scenario. They make choices, they ask certain characters to stay, and certain characters to leave, and you are able to tell them the results of their choices. The Read Letter is a four-line poem. Learn it. And then use it (and absolutely nothing else, not a pencil, not a scrap of paper, not a playing card) to read the minds of three spectators from the audience. You won’t believe the efficiency of this bit of mentalism. Then there’s effects like 3-Part Harmony (a Mental Epic routine with three pieces of cardboard), and Mrs. Houdini Steps Out, an illusion with one piece of rope. For a finale, the book includes a “take out menu” that you can photocopy onto paper. The menu’s been specially designed to allow you to predict two different prices. Like the previous “Nothing” effects, you’ll be inspired by these incredible illusions. They’re unexpected and useful secrets. 20 pages, printed in full color, with line illustrations.
The largest and third booklet includes twelve routines of "Minimal Miracles and Disproportionate Marvels for the Stand-Up Conjurer.” The Poem What Reads Your Mind is a simply a poem, nine lines that you can learn, that allows you to read the minds of three spectators in the audience, in the fashion of the famous Princess Card Trick. The Tin Can Phone is an example of ancient technology doing the work of a modern mental selection. Standing Up for McDonald is a fascinating version of the McDonald Aces, now applied to a stand-up routine, with a new nostalgic patter routine. The Unthinkable Stack is a stack of cards that identifies the name of a mentally selected card. Imaginary Creatures and A Pretend Magic Show are interactive routines, for the entire audience, which consist only of a script. Each spectator makes a free choice, and finds that you’ve anticipated everyone’s selection. The secrets are diabolical and fun to use; the routines are offbeat and surprising. The book is 8 1/2 by 11, printed in color, 28 pages, with line illustrations
Pepper's Ghost was the remarkable Victorian invention which allowed three-dimensional ghosts to walk onstage with actors. A beautiful new edition of "Two Lectures on Theatrical Illusion," Jim's book combines his lectures, "The Science Behind The Ghost" and "Discovering Invisibility." The book is the only complete history of Pepper's Ghost, containing the full evolution of this incredible Victorian invention, diagrams, variations, calculation of sightlines, patent drawings, and photographs. It details the developments from the 1860s to the latest uses of Pepper's Ghost in Disney theme parks and modern concerts and stage shows. Today Pepper's Ghost is used to create "holograms" onstage and create special projection effects, like the appearance of Tupac at the Coachella Music Festival. This book (highly sought-after in the now out-of-print editions) explains the important principles as used by a wide variety of inventors and performers. Included is "Discovering Invisibility," the evolution of silvered mirror illusions, as used by the great magicians. 189 pages, 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, fully illustrated with diagrams of the principles, and color hardcover.
This 2018 book, published by Tarcher Perigee, provides a comprehensive and fascinating history of magic, by looking at how magicians did it, why magicians did it, and how magic has survived through the centuries. In the process, a number of the popular myths about magicians have been analyzed and re-evaluated, including the ties to witchcraft and Robert-Houdin’s innovative performance in Algeria. According to John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of the CIA, “This magnificent history of magic goes beyond all others in marrying he evolution of that ancient art to the evolution of science, technology, philosophy and myth. It shows how magic has mirrored all of these, yet stayed a step ahead in its capacity to inspire wonder.” The Washington Post wrote, “Show business wizardry from the Renaissance to the 20th century … this fine book is as much a philosophical apologia as it is a history.” 350 pages, hardbound.
Jim’s two lectures before the Magic Circle from February 2009. The first discusses Harbin’s contributions to illusions, and his process of creation, including ten guidelines for the modern illusion. The second lecture consists of five Harbin-inspired stand-up tricks with small apparatus. Full color, twenty pages.
Jim Steinmeyer’s highly-anticipated new book on illusions is an exploration of practical methods and new approaches. It contains some of his most-treasured secrets, including effects that are already being used by professional magicians in their performances—innovative illusions that will become important parts of your arsenal. The book includes four lectures on stage magic, eight stand-up routines with full patter, and sixteen illusions. The contents include: The New Orleans Formula; Nowhere, The Shadow Play Solution, The Fabric Cabinet Solution, The Cocoon Redux, The Unexpcted Illusion, The Travel, The Paranormal Levitation, The Four-Fold Screen and Platform, The Infinity Cabinet, Trouble, Cube-ism, Pandora’s Box, Toccata for Light Bulb & Paper Bag. ...And finally, Jim explains new principles in stage magic, ingenious new designs that you might find hard to believe, concealing a person in a three-inch table. To illustrate the technique and further your understanding, the principles are used in two amazing new effects, Long Division and Quantum Mechanics. ...It’s a book that will make you think differently about magic, and creatively about illusions. 300 pages, over 200 illustrations, hardbound, with explanations and dimensions of every effect.