Art And Artifice And Other Essays Of Illusion Pdf Free

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The third essay question from the 2017 AP English Language exam is an argument about the use of artifice as described by a passage from Empire of Illusions by Chris Hedges.

There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying the concept of the use of artifice in politics, literature, and corporations. Also included is a TED Talk on “Astroturf and Manipulation of Media Messages.” The students will study Chapter 5 from The Great Gatsby and the use of artifice. There are annotations, videos, and analysis designed to help students understand the chapter where Gatsby uses artifice to sway Daisy in Nick Carraway’s home. The resource has a comparison of a Nike ad with Arab women wearing Nikes compared to tweets that describe reality. Also, the branding of Nike is compared to the reality of sweatshops in Indonesia.

The lessons features a link to the Question #3 prompt from the 2017 AP English Language exam. There is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence for an argument that agrees, disagrees, or qualifies an author’s argument. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical precis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, American Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.

The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.

Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, artifice, propaganda, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom

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From Magicpedia, the free online encyclopedia for magicians by magicians.

Jim Steinmeyer (born 1958) has been called by The New York Times the "celebrated invisible man—inventor, designer and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians of the last quarter-century." He's also the inventor of the Nine Card Problem.


Steinmeyer has worked with most of the leading magician around the world, produced magic for their television specials, and authored many books on illusions and the history of magic. He served as a consultant for notable magicians including Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield and Lance Burton and developed magic for Orson Welles, Harry Blackstone, and The Pendragons.

He was the Magic Designer for Doug Henning on his four television specials, six touring shows and two Broadway shows.

For one of David Copperfield's television specials, Jim proposed the scenario and secret by which the Statue of Liberty "disappeared."

In 1991 he was awarded The Creative Fellowship by The Academy of Magical Arts.

Steinmeyer produced the 1997 four hour A&E Television Special, "The Story of Magic," hosted by Ricky Jay.



  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 71, No. 2, February 1991, Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost, by John Booth, CHAPTER 251 – Jim Steinmeyer: Consultant Extraordinary, page 63
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 71, No. 3, March 1991, Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost, by John Booth, CHAPTER 251 (continued) – Steinmeyer on Creativity, page 67
  • Jim Steinmeyer: Deviser of Illusions By T. A. Waters, MAGIC Magazine, September 1996
  • Cover Genii Magazine, Vol. 66, No. 11, November 2003

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