MAGIC AND SHOWMANSHIP BY HENNING NELMS PDF
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Like theatrical presentations, conjuring is an art of illusion. 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.
Of particular interest is a chapter on body language, posture, positioning and movement. Also included are some 60 original routines — from simple card tricks to such major illusions as having the performer suddenly appear at stage center. Paperbackpages. Published April 13th by Dover Hebning first published June To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Magic and Showmanshipplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Magic and Showmanship. Lists with This Book. Nov 05, Chris Bauer rated it really liked it.
Hhenning book actually came as a recommendation from a writing workshop I attended last month. I was a little puzzled at first but dove right in.
Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers
The writing is a little dated and some of the tricks are well beyond my meager skills of sleight of hand, but the important information in the book wasn’t actually doing illusions. It happens to provide an invaluable viewpoint on how to truly weave a good story. The setup, the hook, the pull, the build, the tension, characters, and climax. Took me a little w This book actually came as a recommendation from a writing workshop I attended last month.
Took me a little while to “get it” but it worked! As an aside, one of the best quotes I’ve heard about writing came about indirectly from this work.
If you know 50 sleights but only 1 way to show, you know ONE trick. Aug 03, Randy Hulshizer rated it liked it. This book has some great chapters that will be of interest to magicians of all levels; however, the material in the book is a bit dated and is slanted heavily toward mentalism and comedy magic.
Jun 12, Mary Catelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a how-to-write book. I hennin picked it up because it was recommended as such.
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. I can’t recommend it as such, as I read to learn how to write.
Where it is good. The source of information, where all eyes ought to be. Devising your magic system where the author cites fantasy literature as much better than most conjurersgiving characters roles an This is a how-to-write book. Even when he talks about misdirection — writers want to misdirect. Not so overtly, but you want to be able to set things up without the reader going — look, setup! View all 3 comments.
Showwmanship 22, David rated it really liked it. The tricks are pretty confusing and don’t really make sense but the theory is just right.
Every magician who wants to perform magic for lay audience should read this book. It is a dense read with a lot of theory that makes you think about magic in ways you never had. Magic is going through changes and people want to see entertainers, not some guy who can do all this fancy moves.
You must engage your audience and make them showmaship to see you. Your magic is merely icing on the cake. Become a professi The tricks are pretty confusing and don’t really make sense but the theory is just right. Become a professional entertainer. Jun 08, Louis-philippe Morier rated it liked it. A reading for the magician interested in the historical aspect of presentation.
The text feels and is dated. The book, first printed ingives a crash course on how to better deliver your show, engage spectators and give a lasting impression. I still prefer Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz for a clearer course structure and better suited to our modern minds. Nov 05, Ali Schultz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolutely amazing book, so much incredibly useful information not just for magicians but for any variety of performer or directors.
Jan 03, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone interested in performing arts. Showmanshil great book that details how to get and direct an audience’s attention.
How to get a message across. Useful to showmamship not just magicians. Jan 09, Jhk rated it really liked it. You can read this as a handbook, or as a giant metaphor. I found it at just the right time in my life.
I’m reading it as the latter. Aug 05, Donal Phipps rated it it was amazing.
An incredibly detailed, comprehensive and extremely useful textbook. Why am I interested in this? Well, why wouldn’t I be? Jun 12, Alexis rated it liked it.
This is great if you want to be a magician, because it is a straight up handbook. I thought it might be more philosophical so I was dissappointed. The writing reads like a manual. Gareth Witty rated it it was amazing May 28, Sam rated it it was amazing Sep 03, Steve rated it really liked it Feb 07, Jun 18, Rob rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting and matic for magic and performance theory, but dated and disjointed. Uajes Sardnav rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Richard Baker rated it it was ok Dec 02, Bill Gebhards rated it it was amazing Nov 22, Kim Pallister rated it liked it Oct 01, Miguel Jaramillo rated it it was amazing Apr 22, David rated it it was amazing Genning 25, Vicente rated it really liked it Nov 05, Miguelo rated it really liked it Jun 26, Isaac Rodriguez rated it liked it Jan 04, David Freeman rated it really liked it Apr 07, Jason rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Roger Woods rated it really liked it Sep 06, Paul rated showmansbip really liked it Nov 20, Mikazuki BookClub rated it it was amazing Showmannship 24, Pauley rated it it was amazing Nemls 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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