The Great Illusionists

Derek Tait

 
Date Published :
May 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
100 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473890763
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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In a time before television, radio and cinema, entertainment was found at the many music halls and theaters up and down Great Britain. Acts were varied and included singers, comedians, acrobats, dance acts, animal acts, magicians and escapologists as well as male and female impersonators. Shows played to packed audiences.

Many people escaped their humdrum lives, working in cotton mills, coal mines or factories up and down the country, by visiting the local theater or music hall. Magicians and illusionists attracted huge crowds all over the country. This book includes the stories of some of the best illusionists as well as specialty acts such as Datas and The Human Fly. Some are still well-known names today, while others will be unheard of by many. Marvel at the feats and lives of the Davenport Brothers, the Great Raymond, David Devant, Carl Hertz and Harry Kellar. Relive the tragedies such as the deaths on stage of Chung Ling Soo and the Great Lafayette.

The performers of the late 1800s and early 1900s made way for the many great illusionists and stage artists that we have today. Acts such as David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy and David Blaine are all influenced by the likes of Houdini, The Great Lafayette and Robert-Houdini and without the innovations of the early artists, the modern performers might not exist - how different would entertainment be to this day?

About The Author
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Derek Tait is a full-time author who lives in Plymouth. Born in 1961, he lived his early years in Singapore and Malaysia and has written several books about his time there, including Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans. A former photographer and cartoonist, his work has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world. Being a keen historian, his books include 1950s Childhood, A 1960's Childhood, A 1970s Childhood, and several Great War books for Pen & Sword. He has also written many local history books, including Plymouth at War, Saltash Passage, St Budeaux, Mount Edgcumbe, and Images of Plymouth: Stonehouse.

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