Jamy Ian Swiss: Shattering Illusions
Swiss, Jamy Ian: Shattering Illusions
©2002 Jamy Ian Swiss & Stephen Minch, Hermetic Press, Inc., WA
Hardcover, w/dj, 293 pages
ISBN 0-945296-41-X
Shattering Illusions
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Comments: Essays on the Ethics, History, and Presentation of Magic

Contents (from book ToC):

xi Foreword (Patrick Watton)

1 Cannon Fodder
3 Why Magic Sucks
13 Mentalism Grows Up
28 Odometer Ethics
37 Decent Exposure
45 Magic in the Age of Information

61 Yesterdays
63 Real Secrets
74 A Brief History of Magic Bar
91 The Writing on the Wall

103 A Magician Prepares
105 Audience Members and Other Props
113 Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
125 Sleights, Lies, and Videotape
136 First Do No Harm
141 Good Trick, Bad Trick
179 The Too-Perfect Theory in Action
193 In Defense of Technique
202 Unnatural Acts: Invoking the Supra-natural
219 A Commercial Message
229 Lessons and Learning
242 The Elements of Style
265 The Search for Mystery