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Shattering Illusions - Jamy Ian Swiss

Shattering Illusions - Jamy Ian Swiss

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  • With 2001’s Shattering Illusions, Jamy Ian Swiss cemented his role as magic’s preeminent essayist. Perhaps no book ever written on the subject of magic has been so controversial and debated as Shattering Illusions, and it remains relevant and topical today. This book is a neo-classic and worthy of careful study.
  • Long out of print and on virtually every “must-read” magic list since its first printing, Shattering Illusions is finally available again, in a brand new edition that features a new cover design and layout. With the advent of the newly released Preserving Mystery, Vanishing Inc. is proud to offer “the complete works” Swiss trilogy.
  • Shattering Illusions contains twenty essays that will reshape the way you think about magic. Jamy Ian Swiss examines why we do magic at all, what it means to be “commercial” in magic, what makes for good and bad magic, why critics and the public hold magic in such low regard, and much more.
Foreword by Patrick Watson
  • Cannon Fodder
  • Why Magic Sucks
  • Mentalism Grows Up
  • Odometer Ethics
  • Decent Exposure
  • Magic in the Age of Information
  • Yesterdays
  • Real Secrets
  • A Brief History of Magic Bar
  • The Writing on the Wall
  • A Magician Prepares
  • Audience Members and Other Props
  • Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
  • Sleights, Lies, and Videotape
  • First Do No Harm
  • Good Trick, Bad Trick
  • The Too-Perfect Theory in Action
  • In Defense of Technique
  • Unnatural Acts: Invoking the Supra-natural
  • A Commercial Message
  • Lessons and Learning
  • The Elements of Style
  • The Search for Mystery

NEW, HC, 203 pages

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