Steinmeyer, Jim: The Magic of Alan Wakeling
©1993 Hahne, First Edition
©1998 Hahne, Second Edition
Hardcover, 345 pages
Alan Wakeling’s acclaimed magic has for years been the “secret source” for leading professional magicians. His career featured stage magic, illusions, close-up and stand-up effects, including several complete acts. This book contains professional material developed by Wakeling and used by magicians. Fully illustrated, beautifully and clearly described, this book is a treasure for any aspiring magician. Just ask the magicians, designers, and producers of today, who continue to integrate Wakeling's routines into their acts. Such people include the authors of this book's brief introductions: Mark Wilson, Steve Dick, Don Bice, Mike Caveney, Norm Nielsen, Earl Nelson, Ricky Jay, and Channing Pollock.
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Alan Robert Wakeling spent his formative years in Winslow, Arizona and there was introduced to magic. When his family moved to Los Angeles, CA, Alan discovered magic shops and worked for Merv Taylor, Floyd Thayer, and The Magic House of Charles. After his time in the Navy during World War II, he studied Drama at the Universiy of Southern California. About 1947, he made the decision to make magic his career, performing mostly in nightclubs. However, he also worked as a motion picture camera technician and photographer. In 1966, he joined Mark Wilson's company as Creative Director for Wilson's TV shows. Alan remained with Mark until he retired in 1988. Alan died in 2004.
Among Wakeling's inventions is distinctive version of the Sawing a woman in half effect, known as "The Wakeling Sawing." Wakeling also devised the "Double sawing in half" routine for Channing Pollock. Among the illusions he devised for Mark Wilson were Backstage, Girl Through Glass, The Spiker, and Excalibur. He was also responsible for Wilson's "Circus Act" routine, which involved the Gorilla Crush Illusion. He and Jim Steinmeyer collaborated on "Matrix Poker."
Informative book: The Magic of Alan Wakling, by Jim Steinmeyer.