B000JD9YFK MISSING dust jacket. Book only. Book itself is in nice-looking shape. Not a former library book. Front cover of book has a nice decorative design on it even though jacket is missing. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Illusion Builder to Fu-Manchu (David Bamberg...
Publisher: Morris Costumes Publ.
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Morris Costume Company -- Philip Morris, Charlotte, N.C., 1986. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Profusely illustrated with B&W photos, drawings, and diagrams (illustrator). This book has virtually nothing to do with the Chinese villain created in the early 20th Century novels of British author Sax Rohmer, instead referring to the parallel tradition of professional (European or American) magicians adopting Chinese garb and stage names to add an element of "Oriental Mystery" to their stage shows -- in this case, sixth-generation magician David Bamberg (of the "Bamberg Magical Dynasty,") who appeared as "Fu-Manchu" ("the greatest magician South America has ever seen"), and his friend, assistant, and illusion builder, Edmund Spreer, manufacturer of Okito's Sofa Illusion, Amac's Find the Lady, the Crystal Casket containing Okito's Floating Ball, the Spreer Expanding Die, etc. No ISBN found. The section describing how America's theatrical agents in the 1930s made it impossible to present the entire evening of magic which had done so well in Mexico, Havana, and elsewhere -- insisting that the show be cut down to a 58-minute intermission road show between film screenings at small-town movie theaters -- four shows a day from noon to midnight, which meant the cast could never even leave the theater for a full meal, all for less money than they'd been making in Latin America -- is either maddening or pathetic. Professional magic, stage illusions, sleight-of-hand. 219 pp. including index. Reduced from $52. Seller Inventory # 006608
Book Description Morris Costumes, Charlotte, NC, 1986. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Seller Inventory # 00033486
Book Description Morris Costumes, 1986. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. Large paperback in very good minus condition. Seller Inventory # 12830
Book Description Morris Costumes, Charlotte, NC, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Fine, clean, tight exceptional copy in original stunning orange pictorial cloth in a very good dust jacket with slight edge wear. Well above average as usually found with torn up or faded jacket. Seller Inventory # 105403