The Works - Deluxe Collection EditionVanishing Inc. Magic publishes many books-more, in fact, than any other magic publisher today-and are proud of all of their titles. But Preserving Mystery is an important book, one that will be studied and discussed long after most books fade into the periphery. We are exceedingly proud of this collection of essays by the inimitable Jamy Ian Swiss, as well as republishing his previous works, Shattering Illusions, and Devious Standards. For the collectors, Vanishing Inc. has produced a stunning deluxe set of books called The Works - Deluxe Collection that also includes a fourth volume NOT AVAILABLE SEPARATELY. The fourth book, Light and Heat, collects the very best of Swiss's book reviews from his heralded Genii column. This special volume is comprised of pieces Jamy and friends handpicked from almost twenty years of bombastic and informative reviews. You can only obtain Light and Heat by purchasing The Works - Deluxe Collection. All titles are individually signed and numbered by Jamy Ian Swiss on custom bookplates. The books are bound with a polished, leatherette finish and include a gorgeous matte black slipcase embellished with gold foil stamping.
Preserving MysteryAfter nearly a decade, magic's most influential and persuasive voice returns to the printed page, in the highly-anticipated Preserving Mystery. This 250-page volume is a collection of 18 thought-provoking essays about the art, craft, and history of magic that is likely to stimulate, inform, excite, entertain, and perhaps occasionally enrage any serious magician. In essays including "Gaffs versus Skill," Jamy examines the costs and benefits of each, and how to choose which method to rely on. In "What Works," Jamy considers the role of venue, audience expectations, and how respect for the audience produces better work. He memorializes legends Michael Skinner, Imam, Al Flosso and more in a special chapter of essays called "Yesterdays," including original sleights and tricks by mentors Michael Skinner and Earl "Presto" Johnson. In "Dichotomies," he offers a clear and useful analysis of the oft-argued distinctions between mentalism and mental magic. And in "Hacked to Death,"-one of several entirely new essays written just for Preserving Mystery-Swiss explores the nature of originality in magic.
The Golden Age of Magic Posters: The Nielsen Collection Part IIThe Golden Age of Magic Posters - The Nielsen Collection Part II chronicles the second half of what has been called the finest private collection of magic posters ever assembled, by legendary manipulative magician, Norm Nielsen. The book includes gorgeous, full-color images of some 300 posters. Each one is complemented by detailed, historical data, as well as the stories surrounding the men and women of mystery whose rare and attractive advertisements the book showcases. Featured in its pages are stunning lithographs heralding the shows of Houdini, Chung Ling Soo, Carter, Blackstone, and many others. Equal parts coffee table book and reference work, the volume presents many one-of-a-kind images, including the world-record setting Houdini Water Torture Cell poster, which sold for $114,000.00 -- more than any other magic poster in history. Clothbound with a stunning full-color dust jacket. Sewn binding, 154 pages. Written by Gabe Fajuri, designed by Stina Henslee, and photographed by David Linsell.
Hidden Agenda (Hardbound)Roberto Giobbi is one of the pre-eminent authors in magic and is well established. The Card College series secured Mr. Giobbi's place in magic's history. But for many, his boldest and most fascinating book is Secret Agenda, a collection filled with wisdom, advice, secrets, and fantastic tricks, all delivered in a "calendar" of magic, one amazing secret per day.
The Encyclopedia of Mentalism and Mentalists (13 Steps to Mentalism)The Encyclopedia of Mentalism and Mentalists (13 Steps to Mentalism) This Encyclopedia contains nearly 600 pages of must-have information on performing feats of Mentalism. 13 chapters teach you step-by-step instruction through text and illustration. Also contained in this volume are an additional twelve fascinating chapters detailing the lives of Mind Readers and Psychics past and present. Lessons on - Blindfolds, Cold Reading, Mindreading, Mediumistic Stunts, Predictions, X-Ray Eyes.....and Much More! Mentalists - Alexander, Annemann, Kuda Bux, Chan Canasta, Corinda, Uri Geller, David Hoy, Jaks......and Many More! Hardcover
Andreu's Intimum Sacrarium (Hardcover)Intimum Sacrarium is a private and exclusive release which contains Andreu's latest impromptu mentalism creations. Most of this material can be performed in AAA (anytime, anywhere, for anyone) conditions as it has been designed with the "impromptu" premise in mind - from minimal to zero preparation whatsoever. For some of the effects, setup may be required only once from your part. You will find contributions from several authors such as Steve Drury, Niels Krøjgaard, Christopher Taylor and more.
Ultimate Kabuki Drop ResourceThe Ultimate Kabuki Drop Resource is a must-have for any theater or stage practitioner looking to add a strong piece of stagecraft to their shows or performances. This book is the definitive reference on the "Kabuki Drop". A Kabuki Drop is a stagecraft technique and a release system that drops an open suspended curtain to the floor for a dramatic reveal. Whether you are a director, producer, production manager, dancer, magician, musician, variety artist, burlesque performer or any other theatrical stage practitioner, a "Kabuki Drop" can be used to add a dramatic wow-moment to your show or act. This book is a comprehensive compilation resource that explores the history, techniques, components, workings and systems of "Kabuki Drops". It includes original drawings, ideas and research.
The Showbiz Master PlanBook more shows that pay more! One of the biggest challenges that creative artists face is fully tapping the commercial potential of their skills and expertise. Maximizing earnings is often elusive for many performing artists and entertainers, regardless of the level of the act.
VibrationsVibrations is Luke Jermay's radical approach to what Annemann called "one of the greatest one-man psychic effects ever conceived" that will forever change the way in which you think about this now rarely performed classic. Introducing Jermay's Sensational Psychometry technique that will allow you to provide insanely detailed readings, including specific information such as names, dates, places and more with no complicated reading systems, no preshow work, no memory work and no stooging. This is a professional performers dream; a fully scripted routine that has been tried and tested that will produce astonishing reactions from even the most skeptical audiences. Best of all; no complicated or expensive props or refills are needed.