Hiding The Elephant : How Magicians Invented the Impossible

Hiding The Elephant : How Magicians Invented the Impossible

Book Title: Hiding The Elephant : How Magicians Invented the Impossible

Author: Jim Steinmeyer

Format: Paperback | 400 pages

Publication Date: 06 Oct 2005

ISBN-13: 9780099476641

This is the story of the Golden Age of magic and of the world's most legendary magicians: the eccentric personalities who patented the first ghost and competed fiendishly in the race to make things materialize, levitate and disappear.We meet Harry Kellar, the ruthless thief of secrets who was the model for the Wizard of Oz, and PT Selbit, the first man to saw a woman in half on stage.We meet John Nevil Maskelyne, whose Egyptian Theatre was a London institution for sixty years. Hiding the Elephant is the masterwork of a man who has dedicated his life to magic, who knows the tricks inside out, and still believes.