Disappearing Tricks

Disappearing Tricks : Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century

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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252076974
  • 9780252076978
  • 1,666,380

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"A truly important and impressive book, the most thoroughly researched and broadly conceived history of the interaction between magicians and cinema that anyone has offered or is likely to offer."--Tom Gunning, author of The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity "A sharp, sophisticated, and fascinating read."--Magicol "Conjuring up an amazing trick of his own with this engaged scholarship, Solomon provides a fresh, fascinating display of theory applied to film history. This is one of the most succinct, scintillating books of the year. Essential."--Choice "Students of magic history, film history, the intersection of both, and of Houdini's film career in particular, will all find much to enlarge their insight and understanding of these subjects."--GENII "Along with intriguing insights into the early development of film, Disappearing Tricks is a reminder that magic and movies involve playing with perceptions and making the appearance of reality seem malleable."--ExpressMilwaukee.comshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction; 1 An Anti-Spiritualist Medium: Stage Magic and the Beginnings of Cinema; 2 The Death of Magic? Presentational Performance and Early Film; 3 Behind the Curtain: Melies at the Theatre Robert-Houdin; 4 Up-to-Date Magic: Theatrical Conjuring and the Trick Film; 5 Houdini's Actuality Magic: Escaping the "Ghost House" with Moving Pictures; 6 Lost in Transition: Sensational Fiction and the Limits of Narrative Integration Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Indexshow more

About Matthew Solomon

Matthew Solomon is an associate professor of cinema studies in the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.show more

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