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Puppetry, Clowning & Magic

Masterpuppet Theatre
Michael Rogalski
With this fun collection of finger puppets, you can dramatize the most memorable scenes from the works of Shakespeare. In addition to 60 different characters, this kit includes 12 stand-up sets of castles, forests, balconies, and battlements. Softcover, $16.95.

Mysterio's Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring
Gabe Fajuri
This giant compilation of techniques and variations features illustrated step-by-step instructions for card tricks, rope effects, mind-reading magic, stage illusions, and more. Readers will learn how to vanish coins, produce rabbits, predict the future, escape from captivity, and even make a person disappear. With effects ranging from close-up magic to epic on-stage illusions, this is an indispensable reference for magicians of all ages. Softcover, 340 pp. $19.95.

The Art of MimeThe Art of Mime
Jeffrey W. Lynch
Not only is mime the oldest of the perfoming arts -- with international relevance in all styles of performances, from opera to Kabuki, from acting to modern dance -- but it is also the foundation for any serious study of movement for the performer. This DVD offers a superb introduction the art of mime, for viewers of all ages and levels of experience. DVD, $37.95.

Puppetry: A World History Puppetry: A World History

Eileen Blumenthal
Puppets have existed in one form or another in nearly every culture throughout human history. In Puppetry: A World History, author Eileen Blumenthal offers a fascinating overview of puppetry, examining the unique nature and abilities of puppets and the countless roles they have played in societies across the globe. Lavishly illustrated with more than 350 images and written in a lively, accessible style, this stunning book is a celebration of the visual and performing arts, that will inspire, entertain, and illuminate. Hardcover, 271 pp. $75.00.

The Complete Book of MarionettesThe Complete Book of Marionettes
Mabel Beaton & Les Beaton
This instructive and engaging guide, written by professionals with a passion for their art, provides everyone from beginners to veteran performers with all the information needed to create these beloved figures and the stages on which they perform. Enhanced with more than 200 sequenced photographs and diagrams, this comprehensive manual contains valuable advice for making heads, bodies, wigs, and puppet clothing. Furthermore, there are instructions for manipulating your marionette for performances. Softcover, 202 pp. $16.50.

Every Magic Secret in the World RevealedEvery Magic Secret in the World Revealed
Marc Lemezma
All of the thousands of magic tricks ever performed are based on one or a combination of only nine basic effects. In this fantastic book, Marc Lemezma reveals these tricks of the trade with the use of easy-to-understand text and clear step-by-step photographs. With the help of this book, and a little bit of practice, you'll be wowing your friends and family in no time. Softcover, 128 pp. $27.95.

Cirque du SoleilCirque du Soleil: 20 Years Under the Sun
Tony Babinski & Kristian Manchester
Published to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of Cirque du Soleil, this beguiling retrospective is told by the artists and performers themselves. Illustrated cover-to-cover, with over 300 photographs, this beautiful volume captures all of the magic that has made Cirque du Soleil an international phenomenon. Hardcover, Colour and B&W photographs, 352 pp. $75.00.

The Greek Myths: Puppet Plays for ChildrenThe Greek Myths: Puppet Plays for Children
Leon Katz
Using puppets and Story Theatre form, The Greek Myths tells many of the great stories - from the tale of Creation, to its interpretation of the Flood. Drawing upon some of the most fascinating and memorable characters, such as Zeus, Echo and Orpheus, this version of Ovid's epic poem, Metamorphoses is popular with young and adult audiences alike. Softcover, 158 pp. $14.50.

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Puppets and Puppet TheatrePuppets and Puppet Theatre
David Currell
Essential reading for everyone interested in making and performing with puppets. It concentrates on designing. making and performing with the main types of puppet, and is extensively illustrated in full colour throught. Hardcover, 176 pp. $59.95.

Clown Skits for EveryoneClown Skits for Everyone
by Happy Jack Feder
Over thirty easy-to-perform skits for one or two clowns, as well as additional information of making props, miming and talking, performance mechanics, and techniques for beginners. Each script details required props, as well as all the gestures that go along with the clown skit. Softcover, $20.95.

The Complete Book of PuppetryThe Complete Book of Puppetry
by George Latshaw
Following a brief retrospective of the fascinating ancient art of puppetry, the author offers a clear, abundantly illustrated suggestions for preparing for a performance, explains how to construct several types of puppets, and presents a series of exercises that promote the development of distinctive voices for characters and the translation of human body language into puppet movement. Readers will also find a wealth of advice on designing stages and puppet environments, writing and adapting plays, and directing productions. Large-format softcover, $15.95.

Clown Act OmnibusClown Act Omnibus
by Wes McVicar
Includes sections on the basics of being a clown, and a description of clown equipment. There are skits for "Walk-On" or "Walk-Around" clowns; clown acts with simple equipment; acts with special equipment (generally referring to a more complex set); and clown acts for water shows. While this book has many ideas for the amateur clown, many of the acts require advanced or specialized skills. Softcover, $16.95.

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