Mike Caveney Wonders & The Conference Illusions
Mike Caveney Wonders - Foreword by Mac King & The Conference Illusions - Foreword by Jim Steinmeyer Both books are housed in a matching slipcase with foil stamped side. Books & slipcase arrive in a custom printed cardboard shipping box Sold only as a set Published in 2013 For the past five years Mike Caveney has been working on a set of books that document basically everything he has performed during his career. When he started he had no idea that the finished product would fill 700 pages over two volumes. As a long time collector of books & because this will be Caveney's legacy, he decided to make the finished product as nice as he possibly could. Now that they are finished they are everything he had hoped for. Caveney knew that he could write up the methods, theories, history & funny stories about each routine but he also knew that illustrating them would be a problem. That's when his long time friend & Hollywood special effects man, Bill Taylor, came to the rescue. Bill turned Caveney's basement into a photo studio & for fourteen months they shot pictures. Many hundreds of them made it into the finished books & they are the clearest explanatory photos he has ever seen in a magic book. Because both of these books are printed in full color, each tiny detail is visible. Volume I is called Mike Caveney Wonders & it contains all of the routines that he has performed going back to his days as a teenage magician in the Long Beach Mystics right up to his current act that includes Magic Paper, The Bow & Arrow & Scissors, Coat, Silverware & Chicken. More than just a How-To book, Caveney describes the creative process behind each routine. In the case of Magic Paper (the torn, restored & animated toilet paper) he explains all five methods that he has used & why each one was discarded in favor of a new version & why he stuck with method five for nearly thirty years. The goal is to teach & encourage the readers how to create their own original routines. A peek at the table of contents reveals the variety of material. Contents Foreword Introduction Preface The Long Beach Mystics Giant Thimble Production The Substitution Barrel Trade Show Act Amazing Mechanical Merlin Split Deck Crystal Card Catch Anverdi Key Chest Jumping Straw The Nailed Card The Benson Plunger Two, One, None Coin Vanish Our Own Worst Enemy Money Machine Impromptu Linking Coat Hangers Linking Coat Hangers Lubor Die Lie Detector Halloween Card Stab The Phome Book Idiot Rings The Powers of Darkness Impromptu Powers of Darkness Serious Laughter Chinese Pipes Nind Reading Ten Dollar Bill Trick Bill in Cigar Arm Juggling Coffee Juggling Magic Paper Bow & Arrow Scissors, Coat, Silverware & Chicken Billy's Chicken Trick The Chicken Chronicles Mastering the Ceremonies Volume II is called The Conference Illusions & it is a completely different type of book. During the past twenty-two years Mike Caveney has recreated a number of long-forgotten tricks & illusions for the Los Angeles Conference on Magic History & each one posed its own unique challenges. In some instances he had the original apparatus that once belonged to Howard Thurston or Charles Carter & other times the equipment had to be built from scratch. The book chronicles the research into the history of the illusion, the original routines, how he attempted to improve the mechanics of the apparatus, re- think the presentation & design a routine that was suitable for a modern audience. After their debut performance at the History Conference a number of these effects were presented dozens of times for lay audiences at the Magic Castle & were found to be highly effective a hundred or more years after their creation. Each chapter includes vintage photographs & posters from the files of the Egyptian Hall Museum as well as behind-the-scenes & action photos or the performances. Few readers will add any of these mysteries to their acts but there is much to be learned from studying ideas that were created by the greatest minds from magic's Golden Age. Contents Foreword Introduction Magic's Golden Age 1993 Dante's Sawing a Lady in Half Selbit's Bricks Through the Eye of a Needle The Million Dollar Mystery OH! Chair 2005 Del Adelphia Egg Bag 2007 The Astral Hand The Drum That Can't Be Beaten Well I'm! The Orson Welles Act The Spirit Cabinet "This is the finest set of books I have ever owned. This is the finest thing in magic that I have ever owned. An absolute bargain & a must read."- Steve Bryant Little Egypt "Your books arrived today & I've not been able to put them down! The only way i can describe your books is pure beauty."- Al Rudge" As a fellow bibliophile I love books that show how much the publisher cares about the material. Your books set a new standard."- Samuel Lamerson "[Your books] are a magnificent achievement in every respect. Congratulations."- Stephen Minch"