Performing Dark Arts: A Cultural History of Conjuring (Intellect Books - Theatre and Consciousness)

Performing Dark Arts: A Cultural History of Conjuring (Intellect Books - Theatre and Consciousness)

Michael Mangan


From David Blaine’s death-defying feats of will to Harry Potter’s boarding-school victories opposed to evil forces, the darker facet of magic and its functionality essentially moves a cultural nerve. The conjuror’s act of bringing the very unlikely into being and summoning either the gruesome and very good with a surprising gesture demanding situations spectators’ assumptions of fact and myth. Performing darkish Arts explores the anomaly of the magican and the wider cultural implications of magic’s attack on human perception.
Michael Mangan illuminates the background of the conjuring arts and checks the bounds of theatrical scholarship by way of reading magic acts along extra traditional dramatic kinds. This bracingly unique quantity discusses the performances of person magicians and public reception in their acts and locates the mysterious cultural value of the darkish arts and those that perform them. Shining a mild at the gray sector among performing and being, conception and truth, Performing darkish Arts is a e-book that might open your brain to the chances of magic.
 
“If you need to know about the only trick that every one reliable conjurers have up their sleeve, the oldest within the book—here it truly is, rehearsed around the centuries. it's to ensure that whichever cup the viewers seems to be under—mere chicanery or real sorcery—the ball isn't really there.”—Mark Stafford, Times (UK)
 
“Conjurors as performers have constantly had a distinct area of interest in exploiting the significant or the uncanny and buying and selling upon our desire or myth that a few actual magic should be at paintings. Mangan’s pleasant ebook exhibits that they are going to regularly manage to do so.”—Rob Hardy, Commercial Dispatch
 
“This is an erudite booklet which wears its scholarship flippantly and is a excitement to learn. advanced theoretical frameworks are brought in ways in which will lead them to obtainable to the overall reader, and the book's argument opens up new implications and functions for the learn of magic as functionality. . . . i used to be surely shocked and overjoyed with lots of Mangan's observations.”—Roberta Mock, collage of Plymouth, United Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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