A stunning 150+ page exploration of the last three illusions Mike Caveney presented at the Los Angeles Conference on Magic History.
You’ll be taken behind the scenes to learn how three remarkable illusions were brought back to life: Carter The Great’s “Spirit Cabinet”, Rooklyn’s “Birth of the Pearl”, and John Daniel’s “Thin Model Sawing.” Mike not only shows the complete routines (including full video performances) but even dives into the patter.
More than 160 amazing photos printed on luxurious heavy art matte paper allow you to literally peek inside these classic illusions. It’s not only a fascinating read, but the gold-stamped book with 3-piece binding and leather spine is a thing of beauty you’ll display proudly in your library.
The Final Conference Illusions is also the perfect companion book to Mike’s popular 100 Years of Sawing Book. While that book offered a great overarching history of the iconic stage illusion, this book delves into the original design and development of John Daniel’s version, as well as Virgil’s and Walter Blaney’s takes on the classic Sawing a Woman in Half routine. This includes 50 brand-new photos not featured in the other book, highlighted by dozens of unpublished photos that introduce you to Zati Sungur, the man responsible for the creation of the Thin Sawing Illusion in the 1930s.
The Final Conference Illusions by Mike Caveney is available at Vanishing Inc. in limited quantities. Don’t miss your chance to own this breathtaking piece of magic history.
“Reading this book is almost as good as sitting in your living room, listening to Caveney tell stories." Caveney is one hell of a storyteller. Anyone fortunate enough to enjoy the pages painted with the wild and rich history of our art form will gain useful know-how punctuated with dry, laser-precise wit that lifts the flavors of the stories to the surface so as to make them alive and fresh. These are not historical accounts, but timeless anecdotes that may as well have happened last week as last century.” John Lovick
“Absolutely sensational! Sitting down with it and reading it line-by-line while watching the corresponding YouTube videos frame-by-frame was truly one of the most fascinating experiences I have ever had in magic. I thought I knew a lot. Turns out that I didn't know jack sh-t. Reading about the pieces through both the magic effect and history lenses is the way to go for me. Brought me back to the LA History Conferences.” Andy L.
“I’m only going to write this once, because I have the feeling I might need to write several times a day. They say when you know the method to a trick you will be disappointed at its simplicity. Well, I just read page 24. Absolutely ingenious! I’m anything but disappointed!” Larry H.
Hardcover | 9in x 12in |154 Pages | 162 Photographs | Heavy Art Matte Paper | Printed Endsheets | 3-Piece Binding | Gold Stamped | Leather Spine