Showmanship for Magicians

Showmanship for Magicians

The second book in the Fitzkee Trilogy is The Trick Brain published in 1944. This work condenses all magic tricks into 19 basic effects, such as getting a solid item to penetrate another without damaging either.

Author: Dariel Fitzkee

Publisher: Mockingbird Press

ISBN: 1953450008

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Showmanship for Magicians is a 1943 work by semi-professional magician and author Dariel Fitzkee. It is the first in the Fitzkee Trilogy, a classic collection that is still read widely by magicians, conjuroprs and illusionists alike. There is little information available on the life of Dariel Fitzkee outside of his written work. Born in Annawan, Illinois, in 1898 as Dariel Comp Fitzkee, he later changed his surname to Fitzroy during World War II. But he continued to write under the name Fitzkee throughout his life. Fitzkee's early books were shorter works focused on specific magic tricks. Books like Cut and Restored Rope and Manipulation (1929) and Linking Ring Manipulation (1930) described multiple variations of these classic tricks. Fitzkee was also a regular contributor to Genii Magazine, which is still published today. He wrote two recurring magic columns in the 1930s called "Thoughts are Things" and "Glimpses of Strange Shadows." Fitzkee also contributed a book and magazine review column called "Paper and Ink" that ran for over 12 years. For all of his analysis and study on the subject, it seems that success as a professional magician eluded him. Fitzkee is said to have had an unsuccessful touring act from 1939 to 1940, after which he stopped performing. But his most enduring written works were yet to come in the form of the Fitzkee Trilogy, starting with Showmanship for Magicians. Many magicians throughout the second half of the 20th century have considered it to be a cornerstone work in the field, including the actor Steve Martin who was fanatical about magic as a young man. He described the book as "...more important to me than The Catcher in the Rye." Fitzkee was frustrated with the quality of magic at the time of his writing. He felt that the mediocrity that dominated the stages did damage to the reputation of the entire field of magic. One of his biggest issues with magic in the 1940s was that its performers were still treating the trappings of the late 1800s as the "standard" for magic. Performers often dressed in out-of-date tuxedos, wearing top hats or turbans. They adorned the stage with old-fashioned round "Magician's tables" that had been popularized some 70 years before. Fitzkee felt that magic should be "...geared and attuned to the times" to keep it fresh and interesting for the audience. Fitzkee analyzes the components of other successful forms of entertainment, like film, sporting events, theater, opera, and more. He breaks these down into a list of 39 "Audience Appeals" - music, color, comedy, conflict, etc - that can then be incorporated into a magic performance. The second book in the Fitzkee Trilogy is The Trick Brain published in 1944. This work condenses all magic tricks into 19 basic effects, such as getting a solid item to penetrate another without damaging either. It also examines how to combine effects into new and updated tricks. The final book of the trilogy, Magic by Misdirection (1945), concerns the psychology of deception, or "the attack the magician makes upon the spectator's mind." The books were written in this order on purpose. Fitzkee felt that entertainment was the primary purpose of a magician. Whatever else an audience may expect, the first thing they expect is to be entertained. Then he gets into the mechanics of magic in The Trick Brain, helping the entertainer to hone his or her skill and create original tricks. And finally, in Magic by Misdirection, Fitzkee examines the mental aspects of magic, from both the magician and the spectator's point of view.
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Showmanship

Showmanship

Author: Mat Goldine

Publisher: ICON Group International

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Category: Magic tricks

Page: 26

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Categories: Magic tricks

Magic by Misdirection

Magic by Misdirection

Author: Dariel Fitzkee

Publisher: Ravenio Books

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Category: Games & Activities

Page: 227

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Categories: Games & Activities

Magic and Showmanship

Magic and Showmanship

Highly instructive book by a noted authority on the subject analyzes every phase of conjuring, from sleights, devices, misdirection, and controlling audience attention to incorporating patter and the effective use of assistants.

Author: Henning Nelms

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486136783

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 322

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Highly instructive book by a noted authority on the subject analyzes every phase of conjuring, from sleights, devices, misdirection, and controlling audience attention to incorporating patter and the effective use of assistants.
Categories: Games & Activities

Strong Magic

Strong Magic

Author: Darwin Ortiz

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:282760606

Category: Card tricks

Page: 379

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Categories: Card tricks

Handbook of American Popular Culture

Handbook of American Popular Culture

Required reading for those interested in the aesthetics of magic , Our Magic
explicitly advocates an Aristotelian conception of drama . Fitzkee's Showmanship
for Magicians is one of those rare books that deal with the ways of presenting
magic ...

Author: M. Thomas Inge

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: IND:39000005781757

Category: Popular culture

Page: 472

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Library has Volumes 1 and 2.
Categories: Popular culture

The Handbook of Magic

The Handbook of Magic

Even the otherwise reliable Dariel Fitzkee errs in Showmanship for Magicians ,
when he suggests that a magician should have his act reviewed by a theatrical
director , who “ has specialized experienced technical knowledge which you can't
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Author: Marvin Kaye

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ISBN: 0880292938

Category: Magic tricks

Page: 310

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Categories: Magic tricks

AB Bookman s Yearbook

AB Bookman s Yearbook

Adventures In Magic Evans . Magic & its professors Evans . History of conjuring &
magic Elbiquet . Textbook of Magic Fischer . Illustrated Magic Fitzke . Magic By
Misdirection Fitzke . Showmanship for Magicians Fitzke . The Trick Brain Fulves .

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ISBN: UOM:39015036943648

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Popular Exhibitions Science and Showmanship 1840 1910

Popular Exhibitions  Science and Showmanship  1840   1910

By relying on audiences to interpret for themselves what they saw magicians
decoupled instruction from amusement, allowing spiritualists to reject their
performances as mere diversionary entertainment. In addition, magical
performance ...

Author: Jill A Sullivan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317321132

Category: History

Page: 304

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Victorian culture was characterized by a proliferation of shows and exhibitions. These were encouraged by the development of new sciences and technologies, together with changes in transportation, education and leisure patterns. The essays in this collection look at exhibitions and their influence in terms of location, technology and ideology.
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A Catalog of Books Represented by Library of Congress Printed Cards Issued to July 31 1942

A Catalog of Books Represented by Library of Congress Printed Cards Issued to July 31  1942

Fitzroy , Dariel Showmanship for magicians , by Dariel Fitzkee ( pseud . , ... San
Rafael , Calif . , Saint Raphael house ( 1943 , 2 p . l . , vi , 187 , 1 , p . front . ( port )
23jo . 1. Rice , Edmund Ignatius , brother , 1762-1814 . Christian schools of ...

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ISBN: UIUC:30112083013471

Category: American literature

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Categories: American literature

The National Union Catalog Pre 1956 Imprints

The National Union Catalog  Pre 1956 Imprints

Showmanship for magicians , by Dariol Pitzkeo [ proud . ) 20 od . San Rafael ,
Calif . , Saint Raphaol Houso ( 01945 ) 1. Canals , Interoceanic . 2 Central
America - Descr . & trav . 187 p . Fitzroy , Henry , Duke of Richmond and
Somerset see ...

Author: Library of Congress

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ISBN: UOM:39015081704614

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An Unkindness of Magicians

An Unkindness of Magicians

Bryce Dee stepped out onto the floor, removed his tuxedo jacket and cuff links,
and rolled back his sleeves. The edge of Sydney's mouth curled. He shouldn't
attempt showmanship if that was the best he could muster. Bryce raised his
hands ...

Author: Kat Howard

Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press

ISBN: 9781481451208

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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“A remarkable writer.” —Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods An Alex Award Winner There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard. In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it. Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.
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Win the Crowd

Win the Crowd

In this book, Steve Cohen, master magician and star of the long-running Chamber Magic show in New York City, will reveal the secrets of all great showmen and magicians—how to persuade, influence, and charm, and ultimately accomplish the ...

Author: Steve Cohen

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061757563

Category: Self-Help

Page: 208

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Would You Like to Become More Commanding, Convincing, And Charismatic? In this book, Steve Cohen, master magician and star of the long-running Chamber Magic show in New York City, will reveal the secrets of all great showmen and magicians—how to persuade, influence, and charm, and ultimately accomplish the things you've always wanted to do. As Cohen writes, "You'll discover how to take over a room, read people, and build anticipation to a feverish pitch so people are burning to hear what you have to say." Win the Crowd will teach you Steve Cohen's Maxims of Magic, simple rules you can use to take charge of practically any situation, from on-the-job disagreements to dating to important cocktail parties. The Maxims of Magic will wash away insecurities and hesitations, and replace them with confidence, poise, and leadership. What's more, Steve Cohen will show you: How to Create a Magic Moment. Capturing people's imaginations and attention so they listen carefully to every word you say. How to Command a Room. Showing everyone in the room that you are speaking right to them, making them all feel unique—and completely focused on you. How to Read People. Learning to sense what people are feeling and thinking as you speak, what they want from you, and how to make them feel like they are getting it. Misdirection. The most important trick in all of magic—getting inside people's heads, and directing what they are thinking at every minute. When you strip away the sleight of hand tricks, magicians are essentially masters of attracting and holding attention and impressing audiences, exactly the psychological secrets you need to be successful in life and business.
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Catalog of the Theatre and Drama Collections Theatre Collection books on the theatre 9 v

Catalog of the Theatre and Drama Collections  Theatre Collection  books on the theatre  9 v

The parlor magician ; or , 100 tricks for the drawing room , containing an
extensive and miscellaneous collection of ... The third , and anal book of a trilogy
, of which showmanship for magicians is the first , and The trick brain is the
second .

Author: New York Public Library. Research Libraries

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ISBN: UOM:39015079870153

Category: Drama

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Categories: Drama

Antiquarian Bookman

Antiquarian Bookman

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ISBN: UCAL:B3038656

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Catalog of Copyright Entries New Series

Catalog of Copyright Entries  New Series

6999 Fisher ( Steve ) * Burbank , Calif . Destination Tokyo . © Nov. 22 , 1943 ; A
177028 . 7018 Egilsrud ( Johan ) * Minneapolis . Pond image and other poems .
☺ Dec. 9 , 1943 ; A 177550 . 7000 Fitzkee ( Dariel ) Showmanship for magicians
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Author: Library of Congress. Copyright Office

Publisher: Copyright Office, Library of Congress

ISBN: UCAL:B3458510

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Includes Part 1, Books, Group 1, Nos. 1-12 (1943-1944)
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Magic

Magic

Why Are There Not More Women Magicians ? ” ' Genii 47 ( 1983 ) : 257 – 58 .
Dyko , James “ Educational Showmanship . ” M . Ed . thesis , University of Toledo
, 1973 . Edmonds , I . G . The Magic Makers : Magic and the Men Who Made It ...

Author: Earle Jerome Coleman

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015015031274

Category: Reference

Page: 198

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An excellent and exhaustive expansion of Coleman's 20-page chapter in Volume 3 of the valuable Handbook of American Popular Culture. . . . Contents include a preface, introduction, chapters on history of magic, principles and appreciation, manuals on performance, relation to the other `arts, ' biographies, and appendixes of historical dates, periodicals, directories, research collections, and dealers. Chapters contain very thorough bibliographies and there are author and subject indexes. It is impossible to imagine a more thorough guide to magic. Choice The work as a whole is an extremely valuable compilation of, and commentary on, nearly 1,000 titles dealing with magic, conjuring, and tricks that fool the eye. . . . [It is] a superb addition to any library's collection of books on the history, psychology, and techniques of magic. Reference Books Bulletin This reference guide provides a comprehensive view of magic, focusing on its history, psychology, techniques, and aesthetics. The text is in the form of topical bibliographical essays with additional theoretical remarks expressing Coleman's personal philosophy of conjuring. The work begins with a description of outstanding histories of magic and goes on to elucidate some of the major bibliographic sources on the principles of psychology and showmanship which separate the master conjurer from the amateur. Subsequent chapters evaluate manuals on the execution of magic, including all categories from card magic to stage illusions and telepathy.
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The Blackstone Book of Magic Illusion

The Blackstone Book of Magic   Illusion

The book is particularly interesting because it contains contributions by such
master magicians of the day as Felicien Trewey , Karl Germain , Okito , Frank
Ducrot , Dr . Elliott ... The first of these , Showmanship for Magicians
BIBLIOGRAPHY 221.

Author: Harry Blackstone

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ISBN: UOM:39015041609630

Category: Magic tricks

Page: 230

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The complete Blackstone story and the history of magic from the 1920s to today.
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Arizona Attorney

Arizona Attorney

And so , HIS AVOCATION HAS the elusive techniques of showmanship – like
staging , timing , pacing and style – was ... Without commanding showmanship ,
mechanically proficient magicians are just dull eccentrics who do strange things .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105060023459

Category: Bar associations

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