(1 review, 4 customer ratings) ★★★★★
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In 1997 The Art of Deception - The Affinity between Conjuring and Art was published. The 407-page, hardbound book was a limited edition of 500 signed and numbered copies. It was well-received and quickly went out of print. The book has never been reprinted, and probably never will be, because the cost would be too great. The Art of Deception originally sold for $110. Now you can have a copy of this fascinating book for a fraction of the original price. An errata page and addendum are also included in this ebook.
The book contains hundreds of illustrations, with many of them in full color. It is a tribute to the men and women who have played a vital role in the world of magic. Early images of the conjuror, the magic of lithography, past and contemporary illustrators, conjuring's comic book connection, catalog illustrators, magic's influence on the fine arts, and much more are represented in this glorious tome.
Michael Close wrote in the Magic magazine review from July, 1997: "This book is a class act. Get yours immediately or hate yourself forever."
word count: 90510 which is equivalent to 362 standard pages of text
Reviewed by Chet Cox (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★ Date Added: Thursday 25 November, 2010
What a beautiful book! I could (and have) spend/spent an evening just looking at the wonderful posters, woodcuts, and drawings. The text isn't as in-depth as I would like, but there's enough to encourage the reader to research deeper. Like a great magic act, this book leaves its audience wanting more - and I would be very excited if there were a sequel, or something which expands at least two of the chapters. (The chapters on posters and comics.)