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Jim's lecture was featured at the Genii Bash in 2012. In an opening essay, he dissects some of the worst advice magicians' receive about their professional performances and choices of material. Included is "Guy Jarrett Talks to You," comparing Jarrett's advice about magic with today's market. The lecture notes also offer five effects, including Cue Card Mentalism, Tuzo Sensu Mystery, and Dining Out, the amazing prediction of the cost of a meal chosen from an elegant menu.
Written with John Gaughan. An informative look at this fascinating automaton originally created and performed by Robert-Houdin, now presented by John Gaughan. (Limited Availability)
Jim’s 2008 book is a biography of the seminal author who redefined supernatural phenomena for the twentieth century. Frogs fall from the sky. Stones fall in slow motion. Remarkable accounts of blood, fish, and manna from the heavens. Planets that move where they shouldn’t. Spontaneous human combustion. Teleportation. Fort documented it all in his odd, obsessive way. Fort’s personal story is quirky and surprising. His research was influential and remarkable. It’s an interesting tale of American literature, and it will change the way that you think about paranormal subjects. Published by Penguin / Tarcher. Hardcover. 330 pages.
A unique collection of magic for stand-up performers, including card effects, small apparatus, diagrams for illusions and routines for old favorites, complete with patter and presentation. Readers of MAGIC Magazine prized Jim Steinmeyer’s many Conjuring articles between 1992 and 2004. Now they’ve been collected in one volume. The Conjuring Anthology is 526 pages, a full course in magic with 85 separate effects in 75 chapters and 509 illustrations. Included are a number of “modern classics” like Onward and Upward, the new Rising Card routine, Apples and Oranges, mixing and transposing fruit, and The Five Senses, a demonstration of how we’re fooled. Also included are four new effects that did not appear in the Conjuring articles.
After many years of requests, all the Conjuring magic has been assembled in a quality book. Hardbound and sewn with fabric binding and foil cover. With a complete table of contents and a full index. 6 by 9 inches. It’s a book you’ll read and use, again and again.
The 2007 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History featured a recreation of Dr. Hooker’s famous Rising Cards, presented by John Gaughan. The April 2008 Genii featured Jim’s article, 29 pages all about the history of the effect, Dr. Hooker’s personal story, and a detailed description of the routine, from the audience’s viewpoint. It’s illustrated with many rare photos (never before printed) and Jim’s illustrations of the performance. There have been many requests about this issue, as the Dr. Hooker material constitutes the only new research, and the only full story, of this remarkable man and his magic. It’s already difficult to obtain back copies. But we have extra copies of the April 2008 Genii.
Jim’s 2005 book is a full biography of the remarkable American magician, William Robinson, who became famous by creating the illusion that he was a Chinese magician, Chung Ling Soo. The biography is a fascinating backstage view of magic: the personalities, intrigues, illusions and daring challenges that brought magic to the public at the early years of the twentieth century. The story ends in an explosive climax, with Chung Ling Soo’s dramatic death, onstage, during his performance of the Bullet Catching Trick. The hardcover edition is now almost impossible to find. We have some available. 430 pages.
Jim Steinmeyer’s 2003 book is a journey thorough the rich history of magicians, their creations and their quest for the impossible. Starting with Houdini’s famous and infamous illusion of making an elephant disappear, Jim traces the various inventions in “optical conjuring,” from Pepper’s Ghost to Tobin’s Proteus Cabinet and the famous wonders at Egyptian Hall. The book discusses the creative masters of the art, including David Devant, Charles Morritt and Guy Jarrett. The book has received rave reviews. Publisher’s Weekly called it “a find.” Magician Teller, of Penn and Teller, reviewed it in the New York Times and called it “a loving celebration,” concluding that “no author has ever better conveyed magic’s joys, terrors and longings.” Published by Carroll and Graf. 351 pages, plus index, 8 pages of photos, author’s diagrams and magicians’ portraits by William Stout. (If you want your copy autographed, please include special instructions on the order form).
Jim Steinmeyer’s book is a collection of 13 surprising effects, many suitable as “interactive” effects, through the medium of a page, radio, videotape or phone. It starts with his famous mathematical “Nine Card Problem” with his variations, and even includes a “3-Card Monte” and a card transposition which takes place completely in the spectator’s hands. The sub-title says it all: “Strangely Self-Working Conjuring.” This little book will delight you (and maybe even fool you), and arm you with versatile material for audiences. 29 pages, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2, soft cover with foil cover.