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Levitation: Physics and Psychology in the Service of Deception [Paperback]

Janine Johnston , Jim Ottaviani

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"Levitation" tells the story of the most dazzling gravity-defying illusion ever performed on stage, and features a cast of characters that seems almost too good to be true: John Neville Maskelyne, the very proper scientist-magician and the trick's inventor; Harry Kellar, the brash American who fails to buy the illusion, so steals it instead; Howard Thurston, the handsome and charismatic performer who inherits the act from Kellar; and Guy Jarrett, the rough-and-tumble engineer who perfects the levitation and guides us through the unfolding drama. But true it is - you'll never look at magic, or the mysteries of science - the same way again.

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific graphic novel about magic: behind the scenes 3 Dec 2007
By Christina Lockstein - Published on Amazon.com
Levitation by Jim Ottaviani and Janine Johnston is an expose of how magicians perform their famous levitation tricks on stage. But the book is far more than that. This beautiful graphic novel is narrated by a stagehand who knows the history of the trick and how it traveled from Europe with the magician John Neville Maskelyne to the American Harry Kellar, who stole the trick. The slim volume has backstage drama along with technical detail all lovingly illustrated by Johnston. Each panel is fantastic, especially those where real posters have been included. There's not a lot to this book, but what is there is all pleasing. I even got my husband to read this, and he's not a fan of graphic novels. Very enjoyable read!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both facinating and accurate 7 Oct 2009
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A surprisingly detailed and accurate account of one of the most beautiful pieces in magic history. Some magicians will bristle at what is revealed here...but understanding does not preclude wonder...not if the information is artfully presented.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Might get a rise out of you 27 Aug 2011
By Jean E. Pouliot - Published on Amazon.com
"Levitation" is an interesting if confusing story about early 20th century magicians and the legerdemain that occurred between them. It's about magicians John Maskelyne, Harry Kellar and Howard Thurston and a particular trick of supposed levitation that was passed between them. It's was fun to see magicians trying to steal each other's secrets, and the lengths they went to to conceal their "powers" from others. The corny stage patter was fun to read as well.

Anyway, like many of Ottaviani's books, there is a lot of information in the notes that explains what does not come across in the artwork. This doesn't say much about the author's storytelling ability, but at least the info gets across in the end.

Is the story of these three magicians worthy of this much attention? Perhaps not, but I found "levitation" at least mildly entertaining.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighter than air 19 Feb 2012
By JPS - Published on Amazon.com
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An enjoyable but very brief account of the levitation illusion passing from magician to magician. The story is well drawn, but there's not much content. Overall it strikes me as one of Ottaviani's weaker books -- I preferred Fallout, Two-Fisted Science and Dignifying Science, for example.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer BEWARE. 1 Sep 2013
By Mr. Sirron - Published on Amazon.com
Total vomit.

This is not a book nor graphic novel. This is a cheaply done COMIC BOOK that is poorly written and poorly drawn.
The story is incredibly drab and not informative nor entertaining.

Don't be fooled by the clever title and description.
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