The author Christian Chelman is a Belgian versatile illusionist born in 1957 in the Belgian Congo, which brought him a shamanistic culture from childhood. Emeritus Cartomane, talented close-up man (he’s done the French DVD “gobelets et bagout”), he was early directed towards effects based on stories and tales. This is how he has developed over the years his own version of the “Bizarre Magic” or “Fantastic magic”, he is recognized worldwide as a leader. He also first created the Surnateum virtual and real. This is the famous Supernatural History Museum, unique in the world, which official agencies or private ask him for exhibitions, expertise, consulting …
Magicians professionnal speaks:
« A truly excellent performer. » – Dai Vernon
« I always look forward to anything new from Christian Chelman. » – Max Maven
« Christian Chelman is one of the world’s leading exponents of magic. » – Michael Ammar
« A very clever and inventive performer. » – Ricky Jay
This exceptional book in Frencha language is finally available again!
The book had a tremendous success in its first edition in 1999. In 18 months, 500 copies were sold at 90 Euro each. It must be said that the production was great: beautiful hardcover, dust jacket luxury color, over 300 illustrations, and even a special 16-page color inside. The editor had even managed to find a piece of paper bearing a particular persistent smell.
13 years later, “légendes urbaines” (Engl. Urban Legends) is available again identical (except for the smell of paper) for a second limited edition. And again, it’s the old accomplice François Montmirel who care. “I do not accept to edit it again it but only if it’s him who do it,” said Chelman. This is now done!
What’s so special about this French book? All that is necessary to know about the “Bizarre Magic” or “Fantastic Magic.” That is to say that these routines are actually with embellished stories of authentic objects. The magician performs magic effects at appropriate times, but this is not essential. The spectator experience shows with a real sense of wonder and sometimes even asking crowds of questions.
The book is conceptual. The author immerses the reader in 6 “travel” whose themes are clairvoyance, storytelling, technology, travel shamanism … which he probably emerge unscathed.
But Christian Chelman goes further. He’s provides all the keys so that the reader becomes the creator of his own bizarre magic routines rules, codes, tricks to create a routine even more effective in one purpose: to surprise the spectator and lead where never went.
Over time, this book became so desired that copies of the original edition have even pulled over € 1,000 on the internet.
Summary (in French)
Préparation au voyage : Le Viatique
Mouvements et perception en illusionnisme
Chelman on Moe’s move a card
The Chelman poker demonstration
Premier voyage : Le Labyrinthe des Arcanes Majeurs
Le voleur d’âmes
Second voyage : Le Cabinet des Curiosités
Magie bizarre et suspension d’incrédulité
Le jeu des Medicis
Le septième voyage
Troisième voyage : Il était une fois…
La blague de Vanderdeken
La princesse russe
Le cadeau de Noël
La jarre aux rêves
Quatrième voyage : Dans le Labo du Savant Fou
Création d’un “hauntic”
Le chasseur (Rhésus 1)
L’héritage (Rhésus 2)
Le test du Mikado
Cinquième voyage : A l’Ombre du Baobab
Le sourire du fou
The magic box
Sixième voyage : Sombres Prophéties
Heureux qui comme Ulysse…
Hantyses : à l’assaut du mystère bruxellois
Christian selon Lennart
Celui qui garde la flamme
The cult book of bizarre magic with its 300 beautiful illustrations for all fans who loves the art of Christian Chelman.
Subtitle : L’étrange magie de Christian Chelman
Number of pages : 240
ISBN : 978-2-917425-32-9
Size: 22 x 31 cm