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Magic on the early English stage

Author: Philip Butterworth
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Magic on the Early English Stage investigates the performance of magical tricks, illusions, effects and their staged appearance in the medieval and early English theatre. Performers who created such magic were not known as conjurors, as we might refer to them today, but as jugglers. Records concerning jugglers on the medieval stage have been hitherto misunderstood or misapplied. These references to jugglers are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Butterworth
ISBN: 052182513X 9780521825139
OCLC Number: 58563159
Awards: Winner of David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies 2006
Description: xxii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction; 1. Jugglers: the creators of magic; 2. Feats of activity: juggling, tumbling and dancing on the rope; 3. Conveyance and confederacy; 4. Appearances and disappearances; 5. Magic through sound; 6. Mechanical images, automata, puppets and motions; 7. Substitution; 8. Stage tricks; 9. Terminology; Appendix 1. Edward Melton's Text; Appendix 2. Wily Beguiled (1606); Appendix 3. Beggars' Bush (1622); Appendix 4. The Knave in Graine (1640).
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An original investigation into conjuring tricks and stage magic on the medieval stage.  Read more...

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