Books by Jim Steinmeyer

The New York Times calls Jim Steinmeyer the "celebrated invisible man—inventor, designer and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians of the last quarter-century." Recognized for his extensive, innovative creations in magic, a recent profil

WHO WAS DRACULA? by Jim Steinmeyer
Released: April 4, 2013

"The author does a solid job analyzing the birth and development of Dracula and illustrating the character traits Stoker cherry-picked from his wide circle of friends."
Steinmeyer (The Last Greatest Magician in the World, 2011, etc.) reveals the variety of influences on Stoker's most (some would say only) memorable work of fiction. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 3, 2011

"A low-key but thoroughly fascinating biography."
Entertaining rescue of a forgotten show-business legend. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2008

"An uncritical but colorful picture of a offbeat character who convinced many that he was a genius."
Stage-magic historian Steinmeyer (Art and Artifice: And Other Essays of Illusion, 2006, etc.) examines the quirky life of Charles Fort (1874-1932). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"In Steinmeyer's capable hands, Robinson becomes a walking, talking illusion and a reminder: never trust appearances when in the presence of a magician."
For a magician, William Robinson was a surprisingly indelicate man, detailed in this suitably beguiling portrait from Steinmeyer (Hiding the Elephant, 2003). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Steinmeyer never tenders a deflating moment, even after the tricks are turned inside out. A buoyant articulation of the brilliance and brains behind the best artists' ingenious feats. (Illustrations)"
A good-natured, respectful, and modestly revelatory excursion through a century of the magic arts from one of the innovators of the game. Read full book review >