Author: Blumele, Robert and Leo Behnke
Stanley Jaks was one of the highest paid professional mentalists and close-up magicians of his generation. Regarded as one of the first great close-up magicians of the modern era, he worked at top nightspots and hotels. Later, his career became one of success after success as a platform entertainer and mind reader.
The Incredible Dr. Jaks details 70 of his prized effects. The feats use ordinary - and extraordinary - objects, including cards, newspapers and magazines, sponge balls, miniature relics, pencils, crystal balls, and more.
Here, the secrets of his famous Supersonic prediction, the Dream of the Hermit, a clever chair prediction, a Miniature Rapping Hand, and so much more are explained and illustrated in detail. Jaks's famous signature duplication feat (a spectator's signature was duplicated by Jaks writing it upside down and backward -- while bildinfolded!) is discussed in great detail, too. Jaks specialized in close-up and mental magic. The tricks described here all fall into those two categories and are direct, professional-caliber effects from the repertoire of a working professional.
The first 93 pages of the book provide an illuminating, detailed look at Jaks's life - one full of struggle and triumph, but little known until now. Jaks was a magician who became famous in Germany and Switzerland, then became even more famous when he emigrated to the United States. He was a gifted man, the perfect combination of artistic sense, personal worth, physical dexterity, imagination, and a sense of humor.
One of his first innovations was to put his props inside a hollow book that was so beautifully bound that it could grace the shelf of any world-class library. He called it his ‘book of mysteries’, and it was filled with mysterious objets d’art that were manipulated in a magical manner.
The 296-page book is bound in a dark red cloth matching the leather of Dr. Jaks’s original book, with gold titles on the spine and the front cover, and a dust jacket of translucent Mylar. A full-color section displays his micro-magic props and original Book of Mysteries.
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