A lucid commentary on the first printed English conjuring text; showing the development of magic tricks from 1584 up to the present day. Written by a magician for magic historians and magicians interested in the beginnings of their art. Including many unpublished references to Reginald Scot with quotations and illustrations from most of the early English books with conjuring from 1584 up to 1784.
The text will show Scot's influence on his contemporaries along with witchcraft beliefs before and after the Discovery of Witchcraft was published. With definitions of old English words in the text, a bibliography of the Discovery of Witchcraft, and prices that copies have realized at auction.
This book was originally published in a limited edition of 500.
1st edition 1997, 108 pages.
word count: 50862 which is equivalent to 203 standard pages of text