25 Awesome Card Tricks by John Railing

25 Awesome Card Tricks by John Railing

Author: John Railing
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Do you dream of mesmerizing your friends with mind-bending illusions? Look no further than this incredible card trick kit! Created by the renowned magician John Railing, this package guarantees to astonish with twenty-five jaw-dropping card tricks. In a convenient paperback format, the instructional manual provides clear, step-by-step instructions for mesmerizing acts such as the enchanting Card in a Dream, the mind-boggling Mixed Up Aces, the captivating Follow the Leader, and the spellbinding Kings and Aces. As an added bonus, this kit includes a deck of 54 cards, including two special trick cards, so you can delve into the world of magic from the get-go. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to effortlessly captivate your loved ones with the card wizardry you’ll acquire through this awe-inspiring kit.

Magic of Movable Books: History of Pop-up Books & Paper Engineering

The Magic of Movable Books: A Fascinating History of Paper Engineering

Welcome everyone! Today, we have the privilege of being joined by John Railing, widely considered one of the top close-up magicians in the U.S. Besides being a magician, John is a bibliophile with one of the largest collections of movable/pop-up books in the world. Today, John will be sharing the history of pop-up/movable books and the genius behind paper engineering. So let’s dive in!

A Brief History of Pop-Up Books

Pop-up books have a long history, starting with movable books in the 1200s and 1300s. The first printed movable books, similar to pop-ups, emerged in the mid-1500s. One of the most significant early pop-up books was a facsimile of an astronomy book from the mid-1500s, featuring intricate pop-up wheels that portrayed the planets’ movement.

In the late 1700s and mid-1800s, children’s pop-up books became popular as recreational items for children. The late 1800s, known as the golden age of pop-ups, saw the rise of publishers like Ernest Nister and Lothar Megandorfer, who produced stunning chromolithograph pop-up books.

In the early 1900s, pop-up books saw a decline, particularly during the First World War. However, in the 1930s, Blue Ribbon Press revitalized the pop-up book industry with their unique creations, including pop-up versions of comic book characters like Dick Tracy and Buck Rogers.

Pop-ups continued to evolve, with notable contributions from Julian Wehr in the 1940s and Czechoslovakian artist Vojtěch Kubašta in the early 1960s. Kubašta’s work inspired a Renaissance in pop-ups, leading to collaborations between visionary paper engineer Waldo Hunt and Danish engineer Ib Penick. Together, they pioneered the modern era of mass-produced pop-up books.

Paper Engineering: The Key to Pop-Up Books

The art of paper engineering is crucial to creating intricate pop-up books. While computers play a role in modern pop-up design, early paper engineers like Ib Penick relied on their intuition and mathematical calculations. They would physically build models and manipulate the paper to determine the best locations for folds and mechanisms.

Collaborations between paper engineers and illustrators/authors were common. For example, famous paper engineer David Carter worked with author James Diaz to create a bestselling series of bug-themed pop-up books called “Bugs in a Box.” Each book features elaborate paper engineering and intricate pop-up scenes.

The Magic of Pop-Up Books Today

Pop-up books continue to captivate readers of all ages. Noteworthy contributions include the National Geographic series, which showcases breathtaking pop-ups of natural wonders and historical events. These books have larger print runs and often incorporate elements from various languages to cater to international audiences.

With advancements in paper engineering, modern pop-up books have become more elaborate and architecturally stunning. Artists like Ron Van der Meer and David Carter push the boundaries, creating pop-ups that exceed traditional expectations. Additionally, the rise of self-made artist books allows for limited edition, specialized pop-up creations.

Pop-up books are a fascinating blend of art, design, and engineering. From their early origins in the 1200s to the modern masterpieces we see today, pop-up books have delighted generations of readers. They showcase the ingenuity and creativity of paper engineers who bring stories to life in unexpected ways. So next time you come across a pop-up book, take a moment to appreciate the magic behind its pages.

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