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  <> Disappearing Tricks <> 

Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century

Matthew Solomon, City University of New York


Winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award


"A fascinating enquiry into the early history of film, especially as it involved magicians and magic tricks. Matthew Solomon explores spiritualism and suspension of disbelief in a compelling investigation of the integration of cinema into mainstream entertainment." - Hugh Hudson (Chair), Peter Bradshaw and Sir Christopher Frayling, Judges of the 2011 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 


"Conjuring up an amazing trick of his own with this engaged scholarship, Solomon provides a fresh, fascinating display of theory applied to film history. This is one of the most succinct, scintillating books of the year. Essential." - Choice


Disappearing Tricks revisits the golden age of theatrical magic and silent film to reveal how professional magicians shaped the early history of cinema. Where others have called upon magic as merely an evocative metaphor for the wonders of cinema, Matthew Solomon focuses on the work of the professional illusionists who actually made magic with moving pictures between 1895 and 1929. The first to reveal fully how powerfully magic impacted the development of cinema, the book combines film and theatre history to uncover new evidence of the exchanges between magic and filmmaking in the United States and France during the silent period. Highlighting early cinema's relationship to the performing body, visual deception, storytelling, and the occult, Solomon treats cinema and stage magic as overlapping practices that together revise our understanding of the origins of motion pictures and cinematic spectacle.


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