This is the first real history of magic in the English language. It first appeared in serialized from in The Magic Wand.
Sidney W. Clarke tells the story of magic from its earliest traces in recorded history, all the way to the celebrated masters of Robert-Houdin, Maskelyne, and the ones who followed them.
[Note: This edition was newly formatted for convenient reading and searching on mobile devices.]
1st digital edition 2013, 288 pages.
Table of Contents
- ANCIENT CONJURING
- THE MEDIAEVAL JUGGLERS
- THE JUGGLERS’ TRICKS
- HOCUS POCUS
- THE ENGLISH SHOWMEN
- CONTINENTAL CONJURERS IN THE XVIIIth CENTURY
- THE DECLINE OF CONJURING
- THE WIZARD OF THE NORTH AND THE MECHANICAL CONJURERS
- FROM ROBERT-HOUDIN TO MASKELYNE
- MASKELYNE AND COOKE
- CONJURERS OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY
- ORIENTAL CONJURING
word count: 134216 which is equivalent to 536 standard pages of text