Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow
Thomas J. Shimeld
Foreword by Robert W. Gibson
200 pages, photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index $35 softcover (7 x 10) Print ISBN 978-0-7864-2361-3 Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-9005-9 (2005)
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? . . . The Shadow knows!” And who knew The Shadow better than his creator, Walter B. Gibson. Relatively few people have heard of Gibson, but many more are familiar with The Shadow having heard the program on the Blue Coal Radio Program in the 1930s and read the Street & Smith Shadow novels.
Walter B. Gibson’s life and career come out from behind The Shadow in this biography. It covers his youth in Philadelphia, his development as a writer and magician, his wives, including the third, (Litzka, who was a harpist and magician in her own right), his time living in Maine and upstate New York, and his later years and death.In addition to being credited with creating The Shadow (he used the pseudonym Maxwell Grant), Gibson wrote 187 books, contributed 668 articles to periodicals, created 283 stories for The Shadow Magazine, wrote 48 separate syndicated feature columns, reported the adventures of The Shadow and Blackstone the magician in 394 comic books and newspaper strips, and helped develop 147 radio scripts and many other works under numerous pseudonyms. Gibson has invented many widely used magic tricks and traveled with and befriended Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and Joseph Dunninger.
The Principles of Magic
79 pages, photos $12 softcover (6 x 9) (2008)
Designed as a text to accompany Wendal Wandell’s Wonder Workshop for beginning apprentice magicians, The Principles of Magic is a work that also stands on its own. You will learn that all types of magic boil down to seven basic principles: the art of MATERIALIZATION, DEMATERIALIZATION, TRANSPOSITION/TRANSFORMATION, PENETRATION, RESTORATION, EXTRA SENSORY PERCEPTION, and LEVITATION/ANIMATION. Each principle is explored with complete instructions and photographs to learn fifteen different pieces of magic, as well as recommendations of magical properties to purchase, a glossary of magical terms, and resources to further your magical journey.
54 pages, photos $10 softcover (6 x 9) (2008)
Learn to juggle with Wendal Wandell’s Wonder Workshop – Juggling Gestures! Reviews three ball juggling with simple and advanced tricks, comments on dropping, numbers juggling, and passing.
The Magical Arts
67 pages, photos $12 softcover (6 x 9) (2008)
Text book for intermediate class of Wendal Wandell’s Wonder Workshop. Features nineteen tricks in the three main venues of magic: close-up, parlor, and stage.
The Four-foot GIANT and the Vanishing Wheelchair
Forewords by Ricky D. Boone and Loretta Faircloth
251 pages, photos $15.95 softcover (5.5 x8.5) ISBN 978-0-692-01252-9 (2011)
“If you like good stories; if you are somebody that loves going to the movies; if you are someone that loves those Forest Gump-type movies; if you are somebody that just appreciates a good story from beginning to middle and not yet to the end, then you will appreciate this book only because of Ricky Boone. He is a regional motion picture himself. You can’t have a better subject than Ricky Boone.” -Leighton Grant, Nine-time Emmy winning News Photographer, WLOS ABC 13
From day one, Ricky Boone’s doctors predicted his death from a rare bone disorder, Morgani’s Syndrome. If he survived birth, he would never make it beyond four years old. He is now over fifty. Through the years he has escaped a rare pneumonia which kills people with two healthy lungs, brain surgery with a fifty-percent survival rate and lived through a heart attack from a rare virus. When left to die in the hospital a voice spoke to him, “If you are too tired, I will bring you home. If you are willing to fight, I promise you, it is not over.” Hours later he was still alive, though doctors said he would never leave his bed. A week later he was up, yet the doctors knew he could never perform. That was over ten years ago and he has performed more shows since than ever before, appearing on all three major television networks and winning numerous awards and accolades from the magic community. A documentary news broadcast of his life won two Emmy awards for best feature and best story in the Southeast region. “If it weren’t for magic, I wouldn’t exist,” Ricky smiles.
Written in historical narrative from personal interviews with Ricky and those he has inspired, his story shows how anything is possible if one is willing to strive. Everyone has the power to be a giant just as Ricky has become “The Four-foot Giant.”
Tricky D. Bunn
T.J. Shimeld, Illustrated by Jennifer A. Shimeld
32 pages, illustrations $7.95 softcover (9 x 6) ISBN 978-0-615-63505-9-7 (2012)
A touching story of the friendship, magic, and love between a child and a handicapped rabbit. Children will see each other and themselves through loving eyes, and learn not to judge a book by its cover.