His thirteenth (and possibly best) book on magic, looks back on his more than 70 years of experience with the conjuring arts and considers some of its most enduring mysteries, intriguing questions and fascinating personalities.From legendary effects such as Robert-Houdin's Light & Heavy Chest and the Indian Rope Trick to the origins of dove magic, ventriloquism and automata, Extending Magic Beyond Credibility has the famous Booth blend of secrets, biography, philosophy and romantic history.Whether you're a student of magic history or simply one fascinated with the art and its many facets, you'll find Extending Magic Beyond Credibility is more than just a book of magic history.It's a captivating read you'll find difficult to put down, written by a man who not only knows his subject... but who lived it as well.Contents:
WAKE UP MAGIC!
1 Magic that jolts audiences: Richiardi Jr2 Kevin James: Master of shock magic3 Todd Robbins: The sideshow world4 Silveser the Jester: The Self-mayhem principle
HARRY HOUDINI AND MAX MALINI
5 Revelations about "Houdini's Hollywood Estate"6 Malini and his violin
FOUR BRIEF PIECES TO PONDER OR ENJOY
7 Aloha: final tribute to Dai Vernon8 Do morality or ideology affect art in magic?9 That FATAL signet ring: a short short story10 Book reviews
BRILLIANT MAGIC WITH BEAUTIFUL BIRDS
11 centuries of developùent unfolded12 Thurston: a truly great magician13 Magic's most famous waltz: the zenda14 Memorable music for master magicians
AVERTING CATASTROPHE: MAGIC AND POLITICS
15 The legendary Rober Houdini light and heavy chest examined
FASCINATING OPPORTUNITIES IN VENTRILOQUISM
16 Ventriloquial stunts: from pactolus to today17 The illusion of voice throwing18 Dolls that smoke: bodiless heads that talk19 New era ventriloquism: the hamills
THE PUPPET BRANCH OF WIZARDRY
20 Puppetry accross the spectrum21 The duck that made John Salisse famous22 His left hand is his fortune
23 Machines that "think" and perform like humans and birds
THE GREAT INDIAN ROPE TRICK
24 When, where and how the reports began25 My experiences in India and Tibet searching for a rope miracle26 Illusionists who have attempted to do it27 The last word: myth or reality?
Language: English, Hardcover book with 272 illustrated pages.