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Illusion

Aug 29, 2017

Kayla Drescher has been performing magic since the age of seven, and first performed onstage in her second grade talent show. She is now a professional magician in Los Angeles. She performed a delightful illusion in season 4 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW.

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Aug 15, 2017

Ghosts have appeared in drama for at least 2,500 years, with many innovations in stagecraft to make them appear more believable -- and spooky. In 1862, Professor John Henry Pepper perfected a new technique that ushered in a new age of special effects.

 

Sources

Jim Seinmeyer — Hiding the Elephant,  2004

Mary Luckhurst...


Aug 1, 2017

London was shocked when Chung Ling Soo, "the marvelous Chinese conjurer," died onstage in a magic trick gone wrong in 1918. Perhaps even more shocking was the truth about who he really was.

Sources

Jim Seinmeyer — The Glorious Deception,  2006

Milbourne Christopher— The Illustrated History of Magic,...


Aug 1, 2017

Magician Dai Vernon chased down gamblers and cardsharps to learn their techniques. So when he heard about a man who could perform a once-thought impossible card sleight, he set out on a quest through the seedy underworld of Kansas City to find him.

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Faces II Productions — "Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic,"...


Aug 1, 2017

In 1770, inventor Wolfgang von Kempelen debuted his latest creation before the court of Maria Theresa of Austria. His chess playing automaton caused a stir when it appeared to not only move on its own, but also think and match wits against skilled chess players. Even though it was all an illusion, its effects...