Illusionology: The Secret Science of Magic
Albert Schafer & et al
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his latest book in the popular 'ology series (illustrated by David Wyatt, Levi Pinfold and Tomislav Tomic) goes behind the scenes to investigate the secrets of illusionologists and the feats of legerdemain they perform.
oung readers will discover how Harry Houdini made his amazing escapes as well as how a human can be made to seemingly levitate. From the Egyptians to the present, the secrets of some of the world's greatest magicians are revealed.
eside being a fascinating history of magic through the ages, this beautifully illustrated book will be an indispensible guide unveiling step-by-step instructions for more than twenty-five astounding feats. You'll discover how to perform the classic cups-and-ball illusion, make a dollar bill disappear and reappear, and do card tricks.
long with detailed instructions, the book includes numerous flaps and booklets as well as actual props that will not only explain the tricks but also allow the youngster to actually dazzle his or her friends with them.
lthough this is aimed at young readers eight years of age and older, I think many adults will find it a fascinating read. The fun actually begins when you take the book's cover and move it back and forth. You'll see the white rabbit transformed into something quite remarkable!
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