Clowning & Magic
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
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 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
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 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
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
Every Magic Secret in the World Revealed
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,
a little bit of practice, you'll be wowing your friends and family
in no time. Softcover, 128 pp. $27.95.
Cirque 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.
Greek Myths: Puppet Plays for Children
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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