Dariel Fitzkee authored one of the best trilogies on magic theory. This volume, book one in the trilogy, primarily deals with theoretical aspects of a magic performance. This book has been cited numerous times and is one of the standard works every serious magician should read. Fitzkee has a very analytical mind and describes his thoughts clearly. As with any theory not everyone will agree with every detail and every suggestion. Regardless of if you fully subscribe to Fitzkee's thinking or not, there is plenty to learn from his writings.
Here is what others had to say about this book, when it originally was published in the 1940s.
"He has succeeded ... In treating with a surprising degree of thoroughness each of the manly phases of the subject, .. We regard SHOWMANSHIP FOR MAGICIANS as worthy of careful and repeated readings by every magician .. . We cannot Imagine any magical enthusiast reading the book without being goaded into thought...(It) sets forth definite, specific measures ... for making magic entertaining, ... We regard this book as an important contribution to magician literature . . . the best treatise on showmanship that we expect to see for many a day ... " - PAUL FLEMING, professional magician of many years experience and well known book reviewer, in the second longest review he has written to date
FRAKSON, great Spanish magician, and Music Corporation of America star, says: "It is a most wonderful, wonderful book---perhaps the greatest book ever written on magic! It shows a very good knowledge of the whole psychology of the theatre. Everything is there."
"The book should be studied, not merely read, by every individual who performs magic in public, or whoever hopes to do so ... ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECOMMEND." - JOHN MULHOLLAND, editor The Sphinx and experienced professional magical lecturer.
"Not since 1911, when 'Our Magic' appeared, has there been such a book ... This work is invaluable. His logic is crystal clear and he hits the nail on the head in every chapter, " - JOHN BRAUN, editor The Linking Ring.
"Many interesting pages are crammed with much needed information. All magicians should read it and most should apply its teachings." - WILLIAM LARSEN, The Genii.
1st edition 1943; reprint 1973; reprint 1988; 202 pages.
word count: 67072 which is equivalent to 268 standard pages of text