Burbank, California: Hahne, 2001.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed to previous owner by Jim Steinmeyer to half-title "with all best wishes and in the spirit of Mr. Jarrett" and dated June 2001. 8 3/4" X 11 3/8". 279pp. Dark blue cloth over boards, with spine backed in lighter blue, and upper board and spine stamped in silver. Mild shelfwear to binding. Text block a touch shaken--the usual for books of with these dimensions. Binding remains firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very presentable first printing of this 2001 reproduction of Guy E. Jarrett's controversial 1936 magical text, here annotated, with additional material, and signed by Jim Steinmeyer himself, the inventor behind many of the famous illusions used by magicians from Siegfried & Roy to David Copperfield.
ABOUT THE COMPLETE JARRETT:
In 1981, Jim Steinmeyer produced Jarrett, but that was only part of the story... The Complete Jarrett is a spectacular new edition of the infamous Jarrett Magic, the controversial 1936 text on stage illusions. Guy Jarrett had constructed illusions for Thurston, for leading Broadway shows, sideshows and world's fairs. He thought a lot of magic could be better and put his secrets and philosophies in his own hand-printed text, and he changed magic forever. The secrets were astonishing, the stories were insightful, and the book became famous as one of the best reads in magic-alternately hilarious, biting and just plain honest. For many decades the book was a highly-sought rarity. The Complete Jarrett is a completely new edition, reproducing every page of Jarrett's original work with over 250 photos and drawings, including many new diagrams for this edition. For the first time, Jim Steinmeyer has included newly discovered historical information on Jarrett, his Broadway shows, feature illusions and the secrets of his remarkable magic. It's a beautiful publication and an important, fascinating look at the art.
The Complete Jarrett is a post-graduate course in magic, taught by magic's one-of-a-kind genius, Guy Jarrett. (publisher). Very good. Item #6293