Here Is Real Magic

A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World

Author: Nate Staniforth

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632864266

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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An extraordinary memoir about finding wonder in everyday life, from magician Nate Staniforth. Nate Staniforth has spent most of his life and all of his professional career trying to understand wonder--what it is, where to find it, and how to share it with others. He became a magician because he learned at a young age that magic tricks don't have to be frivolous. Magic doesn't have to be about sequins and smoke machines--rather, it can create a moment of genuine astonishment. But after years on the road as a professional magician, crisscrossing the country and performing four or five nights a week, every week, Nate was disillusioned, burned out, and ready to quit. Instead, he went to India in search of magic. Here Is Real Magic follows Nate Staniforth's evolution from an obsessed young magician to a broken wanderer and back again. It tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishment--and the importance of wonder in everyday life--during his trip to the slums of India, where he infiltrated a three-thousand-year-old clan of street magicians. Here Is Real Magic is a call to all of us--to welcome awe back into our lives, to marvel in the everyday, and to seek magic all around us.

Here Is Real Magic

A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World

Author: Nate Staniforth

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781632864253

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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“A vivid, deeply compelling, startlingly personal account of life on the far side of the illusion.” - Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy Nate Staniforth has spent most of his life and all of his professional career trying to understand wonder--what it is, where to find it, and how to share it with others. He became a magician because he learned at a young age that magic tricks don't have to be frivolous. Magic doesn't have to be about sequins and smoke machine--rather, it can create a moment of genuine astonishment. But after years on the road as a professional magician, crisscrossing the country and performing four or five nights a week, every week, Nate was disillusioned, burned out, and ready to quit. Instead, he went to India in search of magic. Here Is Real Magic follows Nate Staniforth's evolution from an obsessed young magician to a broken wanderer and back again. It tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishmen--and the importance of wonder in everyday life--during his trip to the slums of India, where he was welcomed by a three-thousand-year-old clan of street magicians. Here Is Real Magic is a call to all of us--to welcome awe back into our lives, to marvel in the everyday, and to seek magic all around us.

The Magicians

A Novel

Author: Lev Grossman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101082283

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on SYFY “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.” —George R.R. Martin “Sad, hilarious, beautiful, and essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy.” —Joe Hill “A very knowing and wonderful take on the wizard school genre.” —John Green “The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I’ve read this century.” —Cory Doctorow “This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels in order to upend them . . . an unexpectedly moving coming-of-age story.” —The New Yorker “The best urban fantasy in years.” —A.V. Club Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he’s secretly fascinated with a series of children’s fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. . . . The prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician's Land, The Magicians is one of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years. No one who has escaped into the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter should miss this breathtaking return to the landscape of the imagination.

The Secret History of Magic

The True Story of the Deceptive Art

Author: Peter Lamont,Jim Steinmeyer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524704458

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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Pull back the curtain on the real history of magic – and discover why magic really matters If you read a standard history of magic, you learn that it begins in ancient Egypt, with the resurrection of a goose in front of the Pharaoh. You discover how magicians were tortured and killed during the age of witchcraft. You are told how conjuring tricks were used to quell rebellious colonial natives. The history of magic is full of such stories, which turn out not to be true. Behind the smoke and mirrors, however, lies the real story of magic. It is a history of people from humble roots, who made and lost fortunes, and who deceived kings and queens. In order to survive, they concealed many secrets, yet they revealed some and they stole others. They engaged in deception, exposure, and betrayal, in a quest to make the impossible happen. They managed to survive in a world in which a series of technological wonders appeared, which previous generations would have considered magical. Even today, when we now take the most sophisticated technology for granted, we can still be astonished by tricks that were performed hundreds of years ago. The Secret History of Magic reveals how this was done. It is about why magic matters in a world that no longer seems to have a place for it, but which desperately needs a sense of wonder.

I Lie for Money

Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician’s Misadventures

Author: Steve Spill

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1632208628

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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In this funny, irreverent, unique, eccentric memoir, magician Steve Spill reveals how he managed to survive decades inside a rarely profitable, sometimes maddening, but often deliciously rewarding offbeat showbiz profession magic! Spill tells of how his tailor grandfather sewed secret pockets in a magician’s tuxedo back in 1910, which started his childhood dream to become a magician. This dream took Spill on a journey that started with him performing, as a young boy, at a "Beauty on a Budget” neighborhood house party to engagements in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, to today in Santa Monica, California, where he’s been starring in his own shows since 1998 at Magicopolis, the theater he designed and built himself. Being a magician has given Spill the opportunity to interact with the world’s most famous and fascinating people. In his memoir, Spill reveals the many unique encounters that his profession has led him to enjoy and endure: hosting Sting as his opening act one night, spending two days on camera with Joan Rivers, and selling tricks to Bob Dylan, as well as encounters with Adam Sandler, Stephen King, and other celebrities. I Lie for Moneyis a literary magic show that captures the highs and lows of an extraordinary life that will delight and amaze you with wit and wickedness. This book should be an obligatory read for anyone considering a creative career, and it serves as an inspiration to those who desire to craft an independent life.

Dynamo: The Book of Secrets

Learn 30 mind-blowing illusions to amaze your friends and family

Author: Dynamo

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 191160063X

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 192

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A MASTERCLASS IN MAGIC FROM THE WORLD'S COOLEST MAGICIAN: DYNAMO In this fully illustrated guide to modern magic, Dynamo shows you how you can perform magic yourself. Learn how to make water freeze instantly, read your friends' minds, make chewing gum float 360 degrees around your head, slice a banana without even touching it, discover superhuman strength and many more mind-blowing illusions. The Book of Secrets will be the first step on an exciting journey for budding magicians, providing hours of breathtaking fun for all the family. #BeTheMagic

Spellbound

Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success

Author: David Kwong

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062448471

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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A professional magician and illusionist—the head magic consultant for the hit film Now You See Me—reveals how to bridge the gap between perception and reality to increase your powers of persuasion and influence. David Kwong has astounded corporate CEOs, TED talk audiences, and thousands of other hyper-rational people, making them see, believe, and even remember what he wants them to. Illusion is an ancient art that centers on control: commanding a room, building anticipation, and appearing to work wonders. Illusion works because the human brain is wired to fill the gap between seeing and believing. Successful leaders—like Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, and Ted Turner—are masters of control and command who understand how to sway opinions and achieve goals. In his years of research and practice, David has discovered seven fundamental principles of illusion. With these rules anyone can learn to: Mind the Gap—recognize and employ the perceptual space between your audience’s ability to see and their impulse to believe. Load Up—prepare to amaze your audience. Write the Script—discover the importance of shaping the narrative that surrounds your illusion. Control the Frame—explore the real life value of a magician’s best friend: misdirection. Design Free Choice—command your audience by giving them agency. Employ the Familiar—take secret advantage of habits, patterns, and audience expectations. Conjure an Out—develop backup plans that will keep you one, two, three, or more steps ahead of the competition. With Spellbound you’ll discover a different way to sell your idea, product, or skills, and make your best shot better than everyone else’s.

Richard Potter

America's First Black Celebrity

Author: John A. Hodgson

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813941059

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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Apart from a handful of exotic--and almost completely unreliable--tales surrounding his life, Richard Potter is almost unknown today. Two hundred years ago, however, he was the most popular entertainer in America--the first showman, in fact, to win truly nationwide fame. Working as a magician and ventriloquist, he personified for an entire generation what a popular performer was and made an invaluable contribution to establishing popular entertainment as a major part of American life. His story is all the more remarkable in that Richard Potter was also a black man. This was an era when few African Americans became highly successful, much less famous. As the son of a slave, Potter was fortunate to have opportunities at all. At home in Boston, he was widely recognized as black, but elsewhere in America audiences entertained themselves with romantic speculations about his "Hindu" ancestry (a perception encouraged by his act and costumes). Richard Potter’s performances were enjoyed by an enormous public, but his life off stage has always remained hidden and unknown. Now, for the first time, John A. Hodgson tells the remarkable, compelling--and ultimately heartbreaking--story of Potter’s life, a tale of professional success and celebrity counterbalanced by racial vulnerability in an increasingly hostile world. It is a story of race relations, too, and of remarkable, highly influential black gentlemanliness and respectability: as the unsung precursor of Frederick Douglass, Richard Potter demonstrated to an entire generation of Americans that a black man, no less than a white man, could exemplify the best qualities of humanity. The apparently trivial "popular entertainment" status of his work has long blinded historians to his significance and even to his presence. Now at last we can recognize him as a seminal figure in American history.

Creating Business Magic

How the Power of Magic Can Inspire, Innovate, and Revolutionize Your Business

Author: David More

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 1633537358

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Business magic and disruptive innovation First comes the magic, and then the magic becomes the reality You may think you know what magic is. Abracadabra, hocus-pocus. Forget about it. Magic? Magic is what human beings do. It’s just that some do it a lot better than others. Business strategies from the world's greatest magicians: This book takes everything that three remarkable authors―a corporate strategist, the former acting director of the CIA, and a world-renowned magician―have learned about magic and packs it into a unique framework that captures the best of this art form and relates it directly to key lessons applicable to a wide variety of business enterprises. The authors’ objective is not to create a new generation of magicians, but to adapt nine strategies of the world’s greatest magicians and inspire boundless imagination, bolster innovation, energize leadership, and spark success in any business. At the core of Creating Business Magic is the belief that imagination can make magicians of us all. Magic and disruptive innovation: Each chapter opens with a scenario depicting a pivotal historic moment in magic―from Harry Houdini to Doug Henning to Penn and Teller to David Copperfield―and uses it as a starting point to explore how the magical technique employed can create a fertile environment for industry disruptive innovation and propel a company light years ahead of the competition. The nine disruptive strategies presented by the authors demonstrate how to: • Anticipate the next trends out of thin air • Create remarkable new products that wow customers • Launch marketing and advertising campaigns that will mesmerize “aspirationals” • Make dazzling sales presentations • Resolve seemingly unsolvable business dilemmas • Inspire teams with resilient change leadership in which the “status quo” is never acceptable and each year the organization incorporates new “tricks” into its act Business magic: Specifically designed for companies seeking to achieve the transformative, innovative results of the authors’ illustrious corporate and political clientele―GE, Apple, Coca-Cola, Disney, Microsoft, Google, NBC, five Nobel Prize winners, and even President Barack Obama―Creating Business Magic is both an authoritative business management book and a spectacular, entertaining read.

Spellbound

The Wonder-filled Life of Doug Henning

Author: John Harrison

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780982463901

Category: Magicians

Page: 440

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Net of Magic

Wonders and Deceptions in India

Author: Lee Siegel

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226756875

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 455

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Vast like the subcontinent itself and teeming with outrageous and exotic characters, Net of Magic is an enthralling voyage through the netherworld of Indian magic. Lee Siegel, scholar and magician, uncovers the age-old practices of magic in sacred rites and rituals and unveils the contemporary world of Indian magic of street and stage entertainers. Siegel's journeys take him from ancient Sanskrit texts to the slums of New Delhi to find remnants of a remarkable magical tradition. In the squalid settlement of Shadipur, he is initiated into a band of Muslim street conjurers and performs as their shill while they tutor him in their con and craft. Siegel also becomes acquainted with Hindu theatrical magicians, who claim descent from court illusionists and now dress as maharajahs to perform a repertoire of tricks full of poignant kitsch and glitz. Masterfully using a panoply of narrative sleights to recreate the magical world of India, Net of Magic intersperses travelogue, history, ethnography, and fiction. Siegel's vivid, often comic tale is crowded with shills and stooges, tourists and pickpockets, snake charmers and fakirs. Among the cast of characters are Naseeb, a poor Muslim street magician who guides Siegel into the closed circle of itinerant performers; the Industrial Magician, paid by a bank, who convinces his audience to buy traveler's checks by making twenty-rupee notes disappear; the Government Magician, who does a trick with condoms to encourage family planning; P. C. Sorcar, Jr., the most celebrated Indian stage magician; and the fictive Professor M. T. Bannerji, the world's greatest magician, who assumes various guises over a millennium of Indian history and finally arrives in the conjuring capital of the world—Las Vegas. Like Indra's net—the web of illusion in which Indian performers ensnare their audience—Net of Magic captures the reader in a seductive portrayal of a world where deception is celebrated and lies are transformed into compelling and universal truths.

Empire of Enchantment

The Story of Indian Magic

Author: John Zubrzycki

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190914394

Category: History

Page: 288

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India's association with magicians goes back thousands of years. Conjurors and illusionists dazzled the courts of Hindu maharajas and Mughal emperors. As British dominion spread over the subcontinent, such wonder-workers became synonymous with India. Western magicians appropriated Indian attire, tricks and stage names; switching their turbans for top hats, Indian jugglers fought back and earned their grudging respect. This book tells the extraordinary story of how Indian magic descended from the realm of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment across the globe. Recounting tales of levitating Brahmins, resurrections, prophesying monkeys and "the most famous trick never performed," Empire of Enchantment vividly charts Indian magic's epic journey from street to the stage. This heavily illustrated book tells the extraordinary, untold story of how Indian magic descended from the realm of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment across the globe. Drawing on ancient religious texts, early travelers' accounts, colonial records, modern visual sources, and magicians' own testimony, Empire of Enchantment is a vibrant narrative of India's magical traditions, from Vedic times to the present day.

Faery Tale

One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World

Author: Signe Pike

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101444924

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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In search of something to believe in once more, Signe Pike left behind a career in Manhattan to undertake a magical journey-literally. In a sweeping tour through Mexico, England, Ireland, Scotland, and beyond, she takes readers to dark glens and abandoned forests, ancient sacred sites, and local pubs, seeking people who might still believe in the elusive beings we call faeries. As Pike attempts to connect with the spirit world-and reconnect with her sense of wonder and purpose-she comes to view both herself and the world around her in a profoundly new light. Captivating, full of heart, and unabashedly whimsical, Faery Tale is more than a memoir-it's the story of rekindling that spark of belief that makes even the most skeptical among us feel like a child again.

The Magic of Reality

How We Know What's Really True

Author: Richard Dawkins,Dave McKean

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451675046

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 272

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The best-selling author of The God Delusion and the artist of such award-winning graphic novels as Wizard and Glass address key scientific questions previously explained by rich mythologies, from the evolution of the first humans and the life cycle of stars to the principles of a rainbow and the origins of the universe. 150,000 first printing.

Spun Into Gold

The Secret Life of a Female Magician

Author: Romany Romany

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781999788995

Category:

Page: 296

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This is a book for anyone with a dream. This is for anyone who wants to remember how magic works. This is a true-life story of showbiz dreams, addiction and finding real magic. Romany - Diva of Magic is a successful international magician performing beautiful visual magic. She performs on luxury cruise ships, swanky parties and in beautiful theatres around the world. www.romanymagic.com But as a chubby child, her dreams of performing in the spotlight didn't look likely. This is a journey of persistence and determination, of stubbornly walking towards her heart's desire despite all the obstacles and setbacks on the way. Romany reveals a life caught on the paralyzing hook of a persistent eating disorder and how discovering the mysterious but powerful Law of Attraction can change a life for the better. Reviews from Amazon. See more on the site. "The first thing to note is that she writes so well - and also that she has an entertaining and heartwarming story to tell. From a high flying business career that seemed to define her life, to her realization that this didn't have to be her truth, this inspirational book is about discovering how to live dreams with success. What also strikes me is the sheer willpower Romany has, and the rare power to take deeply life-changing decisions with no fear - what a woman! I appreciate that she does not expose any magic secrets, which is the right thing to do, but still manages to show the delight, intricacy, thoughtfulness, and dedication that marks out a real magician and allow non-magicians an insight into this world." David Harry "Bold, brave and beautiful. This book will change your life. Romany is handing you her sunlight, take it." A Owen You have the choice of cover! Both books are exactly the same inside? Are you a lover of clean and simple White or a passionate lover of Pink?

The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385534647

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

The Importance of Wonder

Author: Ben Robinson

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508435488

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 62

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THE IMPORTANCE OF WONDER is a tender meditation on the subject of wonder! Famous illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer calls wonder in his Foreword, “the only goal.” In this essay, now expanded and enhanced from its original 2015 serialization in VANISH magazine, Ben Robinson brings to bear his considerable experience as a wonder worker. Drawing on the work of master magicians Max Malini, Sam Sharpe, Doug Henning, Cardini, John Booth, and Harry Anderson; and film icons James Cagney and Fred Astaire, THE IMPORTANCE OF WONDER reminds us what the ancient Art of Magic has always been about — especially, in the 21st century. Whether you are a magician, puppeteer, storyteller, dancer, or corporate executive bringing product to market, the value of wonder cannot be ignored. A presenter's success depends on affecting audiences.

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent

Author: Galen Beckett

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553905403

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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In this enchanting debut novel, Galen Beckett weaves a dazzling spell of adventure and suspense, evoking a world of high magick and genteel society—a world where one young woman discovers that her modest life is far more extraordinary than she ever imagined. Of the three Lockwell sisters—romantic Lily, prophetic Rose, and studious Ivy—all agree that it’s the eldest, the book-loving Ivy, who has held the family together ever since their father’s retreat into his silent vigil in the library upstairs. Everyone blames Mr. Lockwell’s malady on his magickal studies, but Ivy alone still believes—both in magic and in its power to bring her father back. But there are others in the world who believe in magick as well. Over the years, Ivy has glimpsed them—the strangers in black topcoats and hats who appear at the door, strangers of whom their mother will never speak. Ivy once thought them secret benefactors, but now she’s not so certain. After tragedy strikes, Ivy takes a job with the reclusive Mr. Quent in a desperate effort to preserve her family. It’s only then that she discovers the fate she shares with a jaded young nobleman named Dashton Rafferdy, his ambitious friend Eldyn Garritt, and a secret society of highwaymen, revolutionaries, illusionists, and spies who populate the island nation of Altania. For there is far more to Altania than meets the eye and more to magick than mere fashion. And in the act of saving her father, Ivy will determine whether the world faces a new dawn—or an everlasting night. . . . From the Hardcover edition.

Real Magic

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe

Author: Dean Radin PhD

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 1524758833

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

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The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes. According to noted scientist and bestselling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice. But wait, aren't things like ESP and telepathy just wishful thinking and flights of the imagination? Not according to the author, who worked on the US government's top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate. Radin has spent the last forty years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others' emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives. Beginning with a brief history of magic over the centuries (what was called magic two thousand years ago is turning out to be scientific fact today), a review of the scientific evidence for magic, a series of simple but effective magical techniques (the key is mental focus, something elite athletes know a lot about), Radin then offers a vision of a scientifically-informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in frontiers of science.

The Prestige

Author: Christopher Priest

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312858865

Category: Fiction

Page: 404

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In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in a darkened salon during the course of a fraudulent seance, and from this moment they try to expose and outwit each other at every turn