Performing Magic on the Western Stage

Performing Magic on the Western Stage

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Performing Magic on the Western Stage examines magic as a performing art and meaningful social practice. The essays in this interdisciplinary collection analyze the work of numerous western theatrical conjurers and several non-western magical performances in their historical context. Throughout, the contributors link magic to cultural arenas such as religion, finance, gender, and nationality. All of the contributors are connected to the internationally acclaimed Theory and Art of Magic program at Muhlenberg College, through which artists and scholars study the history, theory, and practice of the magical arts.When women do appear in Penn and Tellera#39;s act, theya#39;re not presented as assistants but as full performative partners ... Staging the illusion underwater has the effect of shifting the focus of the trick from cutting to drowninga€”a risk shared by the ... If magic is dependent on laboring bodies, putting a trick underwater makes additional demands on the body and changes the ways in which those bodies work.

Title:Performing Magic on the Western Stage
Author:Lawrence Hass, Francesca Coppa, James Peck
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2008-12-09


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