Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear by Jim SteinmeyerNow in paperback comes Jim Steinmeyers astonishing chronicle of half a century of illusionary innovation, backstage chicanery, and keen competition within the world of magicians. Lauded by todays finest magicians and critics, Hiding the Elephant is a cultural history of the efforts among legendary conjurers to make things materialize, levitate, and disappear. Steinmeyer unveils the secrets and life stories of the fascinating personalities behind optical marvels such as floating ghosts interacting with live actors, disembodied heads, and vanishing ladies. He demystifies Peppers Ghost, Harry Kellars Levitation of Princess Karnak, Charles Morritts Disappearing Donkey, and Houdinis landmark vanishing of Jennie the elephant in 1918. The dramatic mix of science and history, with revealing diagrams, photographs and magicians portraits by William Stout, provides a glimpse behind the curtain at the backstage story of magic.
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After Copperfield raises a sheet to reveal the statue, the statue seems to be gone. To prove to the target audience that the statue is not there, a helicopter soars above, while searchlights move throughout the area. Copperfield remarked that the use of the illusion was emphasizing the benefits of independence and how precious liberty is — and also how easily it could be lost. Copperfield said he could show with magic the way in which we take the freedom for granted. Below, we detail more about the David Copperfield Statue of Liberty disappearing trick.