NEW and Limited! The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read

NEW and Limited! The Oldest Trick in the Book by Bob Read

Shipping Now! Bob Read spent much of his life amassing the world’s largest collection of historical illustrations of the cups and balls: woodcuts, lithographs, oil paintings, and drawings, nearly 1,500 in total, each catching a magician mid-performance. The works in this collection cover an incredible span of time and geography with items from France, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium and the United States, some dating back as early as the 1400s. Taken together, these images form a composite history of the cups and balls as seen through the public eye. Mr. Read’s entire collection is being released in the book, The Oldest Trick in the Book: a Compendium about the Cups and Balls in Graphic Arts. Published by Edition Volker Huber, Hieronymus Bosch-Stiftung, this hardcover book has 270 pages and is filled with beautiful, full-color illustrations. Only 300 copies will be sold in total, with Conjuring Arts having the exclusive U.S. supply of 100 copies. Those who purchase it will gain valuable and immediate insight into this enduring component of the history of magic. Get it for the next three weeks at the reduced price of $149! On July 10th the price will return to $179. Don’t miss out on this great...
Gibecière 17, Volume 9, Number 1

Gibecière 17, Volume 9, Number 1

Gibecière 17, Volume 9, Number 1 Winter 2014 Gibecière number 17 is a fantastic issue, and we are very proud of it. We begin this issue with the tenth and final installment of the excellent and enlightening “Investigation into Magic in Japan after the Opening of the Country” by Mitsunobu Matsuyama. Mr. Matsuyama delves into the histories of some highly successful female magicians, amateur and professional magic societies, the sale of magic in department stores, and the early history of the Tenyo magic line as well as historical notes on Tenkai. Next we get acquainted with a largely unknown, but extremely intriguing and mysterious card handler in the fascinating “Moreau” by Jerry Christensen. Mr. Moreau was a French card magician who led a very luxurious life in the finest spots in France by doing card magic in restaurants and cafés. He is reputed to have been remarkable by very reliable sources and we are quite lucky to have this peek into his life and to learn about his work. Max Maven offers what we hope will be an ongoing series entitled “Tracking Slum Magic to Its Lair”. Here, Mr. Maven delves into the “Needle through Balloon” and we get to follow this popular “slum magic” effect from its clever beginnings, burgeoning popularity, and subsequent denigration. “Uncle Aficionado” by Enrique Jiménez-Martinez introduces the new translation, by Noah Levine, of Juan Mieg’s Curious Notices. Published anonymously, Juan Mieg was only recently connected with the authorship of this book, which features juggling, sword swallowing, speaking machines, human water-fountains, the feats of professional gluttons and conjuring performances, as well as some information on the...
Gibecière 16, Summer 2013, Vol. 8, No. 2

Gibecière 16, Summer 2013, Vol. 8, No. 2

Gibecière Vol. 8, No. 2 Now shipping! Summer 2013 issue of our flagship publication Gibecière! Our biggest issue yet (at 288 pages and nearly 2 lbs) opens with a long-anticipated piece by Barry Wiley on the Piddingtons. Syd Piddington was a magician who was captured and imprisoned as a POW in Changi prison, Singapore during World War II. During his captivity, with the help of Russell Braddon, Fergus Anckorn and others, he created one of the greatest mind reading acts ever staged. After the Japanese lost the war, Piddington toured the world and became a sensation. Mr. Wiley gives us the details he discovered from his firsthand interviews and excellent research. One of the world’s great historians and one of our favorite contributors, Enrique Jiménez, has truly outdone himself this time. We are proud to publish his expanded and greatly detailed checklist of Minguet’s classic Engaños a ojos vistas. In addition to more details on Minguet’s life and work, we are also ecstatic about being able to offer a full facsimile and translation of an outrageously rare Spanish booklet by Francisco Papuè. A reference to this early 18th century pamphlet was discovered a few years ago, but no copy could be located. Mr. Jiménez diligently scoured the world and found what might be the only copy; it was being held in a famous Spanish monastery. Upon request the monks made the book available to us, and now through Lori Pieper’s translation this wonderful little book is available to you. Our editor Stephen Minch has done his usual excellent job in creating what is one of our finest issues to date!...
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

We are exceptionally pleased to have the opportunity to notify you of the pending release of Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay at the Film Forum in NYC. For fans and students of magic, this is a must see and will probably sell out quickly. Get tickets right away and view the trailer here: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY MOLLY BERNSTEIN AND ALAN EDELSTEIN Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) — and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay’s achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini  and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. Featuring rare footage from his 1970s TV appearances (doing 3-card Monte with Steve Martin on The Dinah Shore Show) and told in Jay’s inimitable voice, this is a remarkable journey inside the secretive world of magic and the small circle  of eccentrics who are its perpetual devotees. USA • 2012 • 88 MINS. Also, please see Mr. Jay’s website as well as rickyjaymovie.com for more details about Mr. Jay and to find out where the film is headed...

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