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This is a new edition of the famous and unique magic dictionary by Bart Whaley. Bart has continued to correct entries in this dictionary until the present. We have converted everything to PDF and added bookmarks for each entry in the dictionary as well as inserted thousands of hyperlinked cross-references to make browsing and using this dictionary as convenient as possible.
There is simply no other such encyclopedia. Some have tried but nobody has achieved what Bart Whaley has. The depth and breadth is mind boggling. Almost 4000 terms are described. This is the absolute must have magic desk reference.
The companion volume is Bart Whaley's Who's Who In Magic. Together these two volumes are an indispensable reference work that you will use again and again.
And remember purchasing this ebook means that you will receive any future updates free of charge.
"The quality of the content appears to be accurate, reliable, and thorough. For comparison's sake, I consulted the printed Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians, published by Facts On File in 1988, which defines the phrase "hocus pocus" as "a synonym for illusion created by trickery or deceit." Whaley's entry not only states three additional uses of this phrase but also cites the etymology from the Oxford English Dictionary and provides a number of quotations using this phrase in context, as well. The endnotes in all entries cite the sources of the content and often provide citations for further reading. The level of detail and research provided here is quite impressive." - Elizabeth McKeigue, Widener Library, Harvard Univ.
1st edition 1989; 2nd edition 1999 on CDROM; 3rd edition 2007, PDF 1064 pages.word count: 472776 which is equivalent to 1891 standard pages of text