Once Upon A Time by Punx

(c. 1977,1987,2000) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: Theatrical magic by the man who created it. This is a new edition of the legendary Punx book, Magical Adventures and Fairy Tales. Theatrical magic is magic presented with a story, which creates a powerful magical experience, because all emotions can be brought into play. Punx won lifetime achievement awards for having created this style. He was highly acclaimed not only by magicians but also by theater critics. Here Punx presents seventeen routines, complete with his engaging stories, and discusses his reasoning and methods for creating the effects and stories. Bill Palmer includes some tips on how to present story magic to modern audiences and Richard Hatch provides a short biography of Punx.

Translated by Bill Palmer; edited by Ariel Frallich. Magic stories by Punx. Originally published in German under the title “Setzt Euch zu meinen FüBen”, 1977 by Ludwig Hanemann.
Contents (from book ToC):

vii Publishers Foreword
ix Foreword (Ted Lesley)
xi Translator’s Introduction (Bill Palmer)
3 Opening

7 Part I Magical Fairy Tales
7 When The Fairy Tale Encountered Truth
11 The Heart Of Glass
15 The Little Pixie’s Wee Magic Cloak
19 The Four Wishes
23 Indian Legend
31 The Chinese Compass
35 Kismet

45 Part 2 Magical Adventures And Tall Tales
45 Peace On Earth
47 About This Section
49 The Magic Fans
53 The Haunted Key
57 The Nightmare
61 Advenrure In The Madhouse
63 At The Fish Market
67 Capt’n Squinty
75 The Color-Blind Policeman
79 The Duel With The Psychiatrist
83 The Man With The Golden Arm

91 Part 3 Bonus Section
91 The Amulet
101 Death, The Steal Equalizer
103 Story Magic For Modern Audiences
105 The Hofzinser Ring
107 Punx, Interpreter Of The Fantastic
113 Closing

  • Publisher: I Saw That
  • Pages: 114
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Edited by: Ariel Frallich, Bill Palmer (Translator)
  • Dimensions: 6″x9″
  • Date: 1977,1987,2000
  • Binding: hardbound

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Approx. Price: $32.50 (2003) ***

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