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13 Steps to Mentalism by Corinda Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms Deeper and Deeper by Jonathan Chase Fooling Houdini by Alex Stone Hiding. Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers. Front Cover. Henning Nelms. Courier Corporation, – Body, Mind & Spirit – pages. Nelms’ book is one of the most dog-eared ones on my shelf and is always within easy reach. For me, “Magic and Showmanship” transformed.

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I read and reread them more times than I can count. If you haven’t heard the term, to gloss means to scribble marginalia in the book you are reading to explain obscure passages, provide intermediate steps in an argument, cross-reference to other sources, etc.

Took me a little w This book actually came as a recommendation from a writing workshop I shomanship last month. In my estimation these two books stand out in mentalism for focusing on appearances, not methods. I’ve never heard of your three recommendations either. Nov 19, You can read this as a handbook, or as a giant metaphor. I found it at just the right time in my life. I didn’t want it. Greg Arce Inner ad Posts.

Of all the books to overlook, why would that one be at the back of the shelf Lou Tannen and Fantasio were regulars, too. I can understand that.

Nov 20, I’m reading it as the latter.

Paul rated it really liked it Nov 20, Now days with the DVD generation you get much less theory. Took me a little while to “get it” but it worked! Those were halcyon days. This book actually came as a recommendation from a writing workshop I attended last month. Isaac Rodriguez rated it liked it Jan 04, An incredibly detailed, comprehensive and extremely useful textbook.


A magician skilled in the craft is able to convince an audience that he or she can read minds, communicate with the spirit world, make objects appear or disappear, and perform other acts of seemingly genuine magic. Paperbackpages. I can’t recommend it as such, as I read to learn how to write.

The source of information, where all eyes ought to be. Jun 12, Alexis rated it liked it. Great teaching, and extremely well written. Lists with This Book. That’s “Smellin'” spelled sideways, sort of. When I was a kid I had over a half dozen magic books, and that’s the only one I read cover to cover, every single word. Absolutely amazing book, so much incredibly useful information not just for magicians but for any variety of performer or directors.

Sam rated it it nels amazing Sep 03, I read this book when it first came out I bought my copy at the Iowa State University bookstore in or thereabouts and still consider it the most important tome in my mentalism library, with T. A Handbook for Conjurers by Henning Nelms. This is great if you want to be a magician, because it is a straight up handbook.

This is a how-to-write book. Become a professi The tricks are pretty confusing and don’t really make sense but the theory is just right. Become a professional entertainer. If that is true, hhenning it could be a telling statement about the current status of conjuring.


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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Gareth Witty rated it it was amazing May 28, It is a dense read with a lot of theory that makes you think about magic in ways you never had.

Useful to anyone not just magicians. Apr 22, David rated it really liked it. Fantasio lived about a mile or so from me and I spent many Sundays hanging out as his place. View all 3 comments.

Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers

For me, “Magic and Showmanship” transformed me from a trickster into a theatrical conjuror. If you get the book, and study showmanshil, you’ll become a much better performer.

Since it was published in and is still in print, it’s probably a good book on being a conjurer, for reference or if you want to do it. This page was created in 0.

Vicente rated it really liked it Nov 05, Greg, I remember Ace, Mafic and Morty and others. And his book is so inexpensive too – plus, it’s easy to find!

The tricks are pretty confusing and don’t really make sense but the theory is just right.