Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers. Front Cover. Henning Nelms. Courier Corporation, – Body, Mind & Spirit – pages. 30 Apr With this in mind, noted authority Henning Nelms goes beyond the basics to show how techniques developed for the stage by playwrights. 13 Steps to Mentalism by Corinda Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms Deeper and Deeper by Jonathan Chase Fooling Houdini by Alex Stone Hiding.

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Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers by Henning Nelms

Is it not you who staunchly maintains that the last people we should be listening to are magicians? The Expert at the Card Table by S.

You are not reciting Hamlet-you are doing the showmansjip balls-and you have no time to be talking to yourself like a mental patient when you are supposed to be talking to the PEOPLE. And to me, that’s what counts most.

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I was a little puzzled at first but dove right in. Of particular interest is a chapter on body language, posture-positioning and movement.

There are all kinds of illusions in the world, and artists of all kinds employ the principles of showmanship in lots of circumstances. No trivia or quizzes yet. Magic is an incredible confidence builder. I said as much. Unless of course you read it from me I’ve never heard of your three recommendations either. Write a customer review. Alas I was young and did not know everything. This page was created in 0. Well, I really must get back to chattering to myself now If I had continued on the awful path outlined by Nelms I would have ended up as crap as everyone else.


A bit like the Nelms book come to think of it.

Nelms should get dressed. Magic is going through changes and people want to see entertainers, not some guy who can do all this fancy moves. In hindsight, she did magic a big favor. Oh, and he called it “patter” too. My reluctance to comment on such icons of the industry is borne out by your remarks.

Every professional magician should read this and treat this as one of their “go-to” books. Yes, that does make one a little cynical.

Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers

It felt like everyone who had contributed to Tarbell 7 had retired and moved to Miami. Of course, I remember Kirk.

Jan 03, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. And you have missed the main points of the book. At least when I wrote the bloody thing I was actively performing. How the hell are you supposed to concentrate on the PEOPLE when you are babbling to yourself in your inner mind and at the same time reciting your patter?


I’m glad I got it.

Magic and Showmanship: A Handbook for Conjurers

It bloody well nearly made me one though. This book should be one of the books that are read and referred to in every magicians library. Not so overtly, but you want to be able to set things up without the reader going — look, setup! Last edited by performer on February 8th, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Where it is good. Nov 05, Ali Schultz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Now days with the DVD generation you get much less theory. You should always get on with the bloody thing and not start prattling for one nelm two minutes before the trick starts. I’m very happy to see it back in print.