The Magic Play by S.H. Sharpe - Book
Nowadays Doug Henning's Broadway play The Magic Show is the most famous example of theatrical magic in drama, but there are a hundred or more years of magic plays that preceded Doug's triumph. Every magician interested in magic and drama should know all about the background of that field—here's a very pleasant way to find out about it.
S.H. Sharpe (1902-1992) is famous for his thinking and research in magic. He has done extensive research to produce this volume: The Magic Play. 150 pages of absorbing reading all about the use of magic in dramatic plays: what tricks were used, what famous personages used them, where they were used, how they were used, in what countries, and more. Several famous magicians, including Houdini, not only wrote their own plays but acted in them. The complete text of one of the most famous of all magic plays, "Will, the Witch and the Watchman" is included, illustrated with rare prints.
Doug Henning succeeded because he came up with an idea that was new for his day. The big need now in magic is for "something different." That calls for inspiration and a book like "The Magic Play" is inspiring to the thinking magician. A fun book for good reading. Very informative.
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