Ad ID: 2078
Added: February 20, 2019
Sale Price: $28.59
Location: United States
The Art of Ventriloquism – Frederic MacCabe.
Hardcover, 116 pages.
Published: Undated, circa 1876-1900. Frederick Warne and Co, Publishers.
Very good condition, clean and bright inside with no strong signs of ageing. Blue cloth with black lettering and ornaments. Binding is detached from spine, but still attached to hard covers. Some fading and white stain on cloth due to shelf wear, but overall very well conserved.
The Art of Ventriloquism is an accomplishment so rare, so little practised, and so little understood, that its possessor is considered a rara avis. Like the Arts of Music and Mimicry, it affords, especially to the uninitiated, an intellectual diversion; and is productive of a vast fund of pleasing and wonderful entertainment. And yet, unlike those, it has but few representatives of celebrity. One reason is probably the want of information concerning it, for it is remarkable what an amount of misconception prevails respecting the nature of its operations.
The object of these pages is to convey, from personal experience, some knowledge of the mysteries in which it is enshrouded. Popular notions are current and accepted that the ventriloquist can THROW his voice anywhere within the range of hearing, and make it explode at pleasure at any given place, like a bullet from an air gun. A perusal of these pages will help to dispel this common delusion, and show — “What charms, What conjurations, and what mighty magic” there are in it.
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