Il 28 settembre 2021 uscirà il nuovo libro del prestigiatore statunitense Joshua Jay dal titolo “How Magicians Think: Misdirection, Deception, and Why Magic Matters“.
Nel libro, in lingua inglese, non ci saranno spiegazioni di effetti, ma è una raccolta di 52 brevi saggi su argomenti teorici, come la psicologia dietro un effetto magico, come la tecnologia possa influenzare la magia o riflessioni su famosi prestigiatori.
Copertina rigida, 208 pagine, sarà disponibile anche su Amazon https://amzn.to/3jJUyQA
There’s a saying: The door to magic is closed, but it’s not locked. In How Magicians Think, professional magician and bestselling author Joshua Jay not only opens that door, he brings us inside and turns on the light, revealing the artistry, inside history, and fascinating traditions of a subject long shrouded in mystery. But above all, he reveals the mindset behind the magic and what it’s like to practice an art that so many love yet so few understand.
This is not a how-to book, nor a how-do-they-do-it expose. Written as a series of short, lively essays, How Magicians Think describes the making of illusions, the psychology behind them, and the characters who create them. He writes about how technology influences the world of magic; the aesthetics of performance; his contemporaries, including David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine; and how magicians hone their craft (Jay spends countless hours in absolute darkness to perfect his sleights of hand). And answers questions like, Can a magic trick be too good? And how do you saw a person in half? (It depends…)
Compelling, thoughtful, and written by an insider, How Magicians Think is a rare excursion into a truly secret world.
“The door to magic is closed, but it’s not locked”. And now Joshua Jay, one of the world’s most accomplished magicians, not only opens that door but brings us inside to reveal the artistry and obsessiveness, esoteric history, and long-whispered-about traditions of a subject shrouded in mystery.
And he goes one step further: Joshua Jay brings us right into the mind of a magician—how they develop their other worldly skills, conjure up illusions, and leave the rest of us slack jawed with delight time after time. Along the way, Jay reveals another kind of secret, one all readers will find meaningful even if they never aspire to perform sleight of hand: What does it take to follow your heart and achieve excellence?
In 52 short, compulsively readable essays, Jay describes how he does it, whether it’s through the making of illusions, the psychology behind them, or the way technology influences the world of magic. He considers the aesthetics of performance, discusses contemporary masters, including David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine, and details how magicians hone their craft.
And answers questions like: Can a magic trick be too good? How do you saw a person in half? Is there real magic in the universe? The answers, like so much in magic and life, depend on you.