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Conjurers' Optical Secrets Review

May 30th, 2003 1:24pm
Reviewed by Coolini
An extensive book on just about every sort of optical principle imaginable, although not necessarily in the ways one might think. Not a book revealing secrets of how certain miracles were accomplished or specific props constructed. Much of it is like a scientific book explaining why optical illusions work, and how things like shading or beveling can be used in magic work. You'll find everything imaginable about Pepper's Ghost/Blue Room, tons about mirrors of all sorts and what can be done with them, even seems there was a section on the use of scrims. The Million Dollar Mystery principle is explained here. Almost more of a science/physics book than one specifically about magic. An encyclopedia on the subject of things related to visual perception, which magicians may find of use in their research. Not a how-to book, or a series of plans or instructions for building deceptive props or illusions.

Product info for Conjurers' Optical Secrets

Author: Sharpe, S.H.
Publisher: Hades
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $55.00
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Manufacturer's Description:

Not a book of optical illusions, but a complete treatise on the optical principles used in magic. The book covers Retention of Vision; Position Illusions; Blackout; Angles of Vision; Background masking and blending; Mirrors; Lighting; Lens transmission; Chromatics and much more. If this sounds like one of your high school physics books, fear not. The reading is incredibly interesting and really exciting. The author gives many examples of tricks and illusions using the principles he explains. You will be fascinated (so that's how those are done.). Not just for the stage magic guys. Close-up folks will find lots and lots of valuable information within. This book will become a classic of magic. It belongs on every magician's shelf. Hardbound; 187 pages; many illustrations.

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