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Secular magic and the moving image

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Rather than a history of special effects or of magic, this book investigates the influence and status of secular magic on television as well as its interconnections with film. Historically, the overriding concern on television has been for secular magic that informs and empowers rather than a fairytale effect that deceives and mystifies. Yet, shifting notions of the real and the uncertainty associated with the contemporary world has led to television developing many different modes that have become capable of constant hybridization. The dynamic interplay between certainty and indeterminacy is the key to understanding secular magic on television and film and exploring the interstices between them. Sexton ranges from the real-time magic of performers such as David Blaine, Penn and Teller and Derren Brown to films such as The Illusionist and The Prestige. Each example charts how the lack of clear distinctions between reality and illusion in modes of representation and presentation disrupt older theoretical oppositions. Secular Magic and the Moving Image not only re-evaluates questions about modes and styles but raises further questions about entertainment and how the relations between the program maker and the audience resemble those between the conjuror and spectator.

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Author(s):
Max Sexton
Condition:
As new
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1501320939
ISBN-13:
9781501320934
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Title:
Secular Magic and the Moving Image

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Rather than a history of special effects or of magic, this book investigates the influence and status of secular magic on television as well as its interconnections with film. Historically, the overriding concern on television has been for secular magic that informs and empowers rather than a fairytale effect that deceives and mystifies. Yet, shifting notions of the real and the uncertainty associated with the contemporary world has led to television developing many different modes that have become capable of constant hybridization. The dynamic interplay between certainty and indeterminacy is the key to understanding secular magic on television and film and exploring the interstices between them. Sexton ranges from the real-time magic of performers such as David Blaine, Penn and Teller and Derren Brown to films such as The Illusionist and The Prestige. Each example charts how the lack of clear distinctions between reality and illusion in modes of representation and presentation disrupt older theoretical oppositions. Secular Magic and the Moving Image not only re-evaluates questions about modes and styles but raises further questions about entertainment and how the relations between the program maker and the audience resemble those between the conjuror and spectator.

Author(s):
Max Sexton
Condition:
As new
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1501320939
ISBN-13:
9781501320934
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Title:
Secular Magic and the Moving Image

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