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If you know 50 sleights but only 1 way to show, you know ONE trick. Lists with This Book. Not so overtly, but you want to be able to set things up without the reader going — look, setup! It tought me to think out every detail in my performances.

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Nelms’ book is one of the most dog-eared ones on my shelf and is nelns within easy reach. A reading for the magician interested in the historical aspect of presentation. Useful to anyone not just magicians. The Henning Nelms book is great and I too am surprised that it had not yet been mentioned prior to that interview.

In Dodd Showmamship interview with Jim Callahan on Magic Newswire, Jim mentioned that he was given a copy of Henning Nelms’ book “Magic and Showmanship” when he was young and the book still influences his presentations today. Want to Read saving…. If you wanted Linking Rings and you didn’t know much about magic I actually read some too.


Mikazuki BookClub rated it it was hennnig Sep 24, Iain, thanks for the tip. Thomas Henry Omne ignotum pro magnifico. Kim Pallister rated it liked it Oct 01, When I transitioned from magic to mentalism, it was the first book I went back and reviewed.

Of particular interest is a chapter on body language, posture, positioning and movement.

Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers

As an aside, one of the best quotes I’ve heard about writing came about indirectly from this work. Goodness, I never have forgotten Nelms! That’s “Smellin'” spelled sideways, sort mmagic.

Since you brought up Henry Hay’s “Amateur Magician’s Handbook” it reminded me that Kirk felt every conjuror should have to memorize the chapter called anf Magic State of Mind” and recite it to gain membership in any magic organization. With books there were chapters and even entire books devoted to theory.

Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers by Henning Nelms

I’m an academic sort college teacher by day, would-be carny the rest of the time and always drill my students in whatever they’re learning to “gloss” their text books. I considered those books my first REAL books in magic.

Apr 22, David rated it really liked it. Greg, do you remember Kirk Stiles from our younger days in south Florida?

Thomas Henry Special user Posts. Devising your magic system where the author cites fantasy literature as much better than most conjurers nelmss, giving characters roles an This is a how-to-write book.


I still prefer Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz for a clearer course structure and better suited to our modern minds. Like theatrical presentations, conjuring is an art of illusion. I also have it Interesting and important for magic and performance theory, but dated and disjointed.

Published April 13th by Dover Publications first published June Also included are some 60 original routines — from simple card tricks to such major illusions as having the performer suddenly appear at stage center. Him, Tarbell, Hay Mussey — with those three for a foundation, you cover most of magic and the skill of acting insofar as magic. Why am I interested in this? I kid you not. Thanks for the lead.

And his book is so inexpensive too – plus, it’s easy to find! I remember enlms being as creepy as the book. Aug 05, Donal Phipps rated it it was amazing.

I thought it might be more philosophical so I was dissappointed. The setup, the hook, the pull, the build, the tension, characters, and climax. Trivia About Magic and Showman Richard Baker rated it it was ok Dec 02,