The Encyclopedia of Stage Illusions
By Burling Hull / Edited by Ormond McGill (Signed by Ormond McGill)
Hardcover W/ Brodart Protected Dust Jacket, Copyright 1980, 374 Pages, Bound in a luxurious black faux leather with padded covers, 220 Illusions, Illustrated with Approximately 400 Drawings, Building Plans, Construction Sketches and Workshop Diagrams
A small sampling of the Illusions included: The Disembodied Princess, Asrah Levitation, Boxes of Buddha, The Devil's Illusion, Crushing a Woman, Hugard's Bullet Catching Illusion, The Mummy Illusion, The Oyster Shell Illusion, The Spider Girl, Volta's Atomized Girl, Woman in the Cage etc. .
Originally this book was issued by Burling Hull in rather crude form and loose leaf binder circa 1960s. The present version is the revised printed and bound edition edited by ORMOND McGILL with Arnold Furst.
Published in 1980 in only a single printing of 500 copies (stated) by Lloyd E. Jones Magic Ltd. Oakland, CA
This book has never been reprinted due to a lawsuit involving use of some copyrighted material.
Numbered to only 500 copies (at least some of which were apparently NOT issued because of legal threats against publisher Lloyd Jones), this book tells the "real work" behind many of the world's most popular stage illusions of the time (1980), the vast majority of which are still in use today. Neither author, editor nor publisher had permission from the owners and originators of said illusions to release this information at the time, thus the the famous supressed edition that went into litigation, recalled and cannot be reprinted. The terms of the successful injunctive action required the publisher to recall all unsold copies in the market and destroy them. This resulted in a substantial percentage of the 500 limited edition copies never being available for sale
Unknown number exist of the 500 copies printed.
Comes with Original flyer detailing the Table of Contents !
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